Asthma is a health condition that's becoming too commonplace in our society. In fact, nearly 19 million adults and 7 million children in the U.S. suffer from asthma, the chronic disease that causes inflammation and constriction of airways and lung muscles. Unfortunately, asthma cases continue to grow. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in 12 people now have asthma, compared with one in 14 in 2001, a 7 percent increase. We all know someone who carries an inhaler for emergencies. Thankfully, there are alternative treatments patients with asthma should consider.
The most common medication used by people with asthma are inhaled corticosteroids which have side effects like delayed growth, decreased bone density, easy bruising, cataracts, glaucoma and adrenal gland suppression. With repeated use, users may experience a lowered sensitivity or intolerance to the medication itself. Meaning if you take the medication for a long time, your body adapts to it and needs increased amounts to get the desired effect.
"The reduction of medication is a primary goal of conventional asthma therapy, due to concerns about all the side effects," explains Dr. Jason Fowler, D.C., Chiropractic Director of Chiro One Wellness Center of Woodridge. "Drug therapies control only the symptoms not the potential causes of asthma. When symptoms are alleviated, underlying factors tend to be left unexamined and unchanged." If you have asthma and seek chiropractic care, your doctor will look for the potential cause and recommend treatments other than medication.
The Subluxation Connection
"Chiropractors identify stressed areas in the nervous system which are caused by the 3 T's, trauma, toxins and thought," says Dr. Jason. In fact, chiropractors specialize in analyzing the spine for subluxations and giving corrective adjustments to reduce the stress on the nervous system. A subluxation is a misalignment in the spine causing irritation of the nerve pathways that communicate with the body's organs and systems.
"In an asthmatic, the most prevalent area of subluxation is in the upper back," says Dr. Jason. "This can lead to shortness of breath and a short circuit between the brain and normal muscle function." Chiropractic care for subluxations works to address the possible underlying cause of asthma.
But according to Dr. Jason, you can't expect long-term results from one or two chiropractic sessions. If you suffer from asthma, ongoing treatment is crucial. "It increases your body's potential to heal function at optimum level," he explains. "If you quit your regular wellness adjustments, your body goes into the state of dysfunction again and now you're more susceptible to the sickness and disease coming back." It's important to keep up other healthy habits, too—like working out and eating right—to keep your immune system in top shape.
Stay tuned for more tomorrow in Asthma Alternatives: Part Two