Asthma is a common respiratory disease that causes great distress to its victims. Of the adult population that have this disease, over 65% of adults struggle with persistent symptoms and over 60% of children. Others have a less severe occurrence known as intermittent asthma. Children miss many days from school; records show that 10.5 million children are absent and miss days of school and 14.2 million adults miss days of work. This disease cannot be cured and sufferers are required to manage the disease, which can cause them more than $1000 annually. In the United States alone, the cost of asthma care is around $56 billion dollars. According to the National Center for Environmental Health, one in twelve people have asthma.
What are the symptoms of asthma?
The lungs are hugely affected by an asthma attack. Those with the disease experience coughing in the night, tightness of the chest area, wheezing and problems breathing; during an attack, the airways become restricted, and as such, air does not flow easily. Because of this disease, mucous also clogs up the inflamed and swollen airways. People who do not seek treatment can die from an asthma attack. That is why it is highly recommended that those affected, carry their inhalers with them everywhere.
It is important to note that even though anyone can develop this disease, some people are more predisposed to doing so than others. Women develop asthma more easily than men and boys more so than girls. Generally, people are less likely to develop asthma symptoms in their later years. However, black children are twice as likely to have asthma as white children.
What causes asthma?
The cause for asthma is largely unknown. Allergic reactions are a trigger for an asthma attack. As such, one needs to take care during allergy season. Allergens such as dust mites, mold, pollen and animal dander are common—and even smoke from burning wood or grass. Nicotine and tobacco smoke are also triggers, and parents who smoke should be mindful not to do so around their children. It is also advised that women should not smoke while they are pregnant or around their newborn babies.
Airway infections are a nuisance to asthma sufferers. Those who work in polluted airspaces are at constant risk because occupational hazards can aggravate the disease or cause recurring episodes. This disease takes at least nine lives every day and the total percentage of asthma patients increases every year as the air pollution figures increase.
How is asthma typically diagnosed and treated?
Doctors assess the history of symptoms before they determine whether someone has asthma. They will ask questions about family members, even grandparents. Do not be offended when your doctor asks about living conditions as they can sometimes contribute to asthma especially where pollen, pets and smoke are present. People undergoing psychological and physical stress can also develop asthma. An assessment will take into consideration such things as hives, which is a reaction to severe allergies and eczema, even though some asthma patients do not have other physical symptoms. A good physician will use the history of occurrences such as wheezing, tightening of the chest and restriction in the airways to determine the presence of this disease.
Inhalers are a popular form of alleviating the symptoms of asthma. While they may provide quick relief, they are not a good long-term control option for asthma sufferers. They are used to rescue the person; however long-term options, such as routine chiropractic care, will boost the overall health of the lungs and airways to prevent attacks in the future. Some doctors prescribe pills as a part of long-term asthma care plan, but many patients today are turning to alternative options to help alleviate their asthma symptoms.
How can chiropractic care help reduce asthma attacks in suffering patients?
You may be thinking, “how can a chiropractor help treat or cure asthma?” It may seem hard to believe that chiropractic care for asthma is useful. Not only is it useful; it’s very effective, as it helps boost the immune system, enabling it to function at optimal levels and reduce the body’s negative reactions to the allergens that may trigger an asthma attack. (You may be surprised to know that chiropractors do a lot more than simply crack your back!) The process is similar to how chiropractic care helps prevent and treat allergies. Some asthma sufferers have symptoms that may be directly attributed to a malfunction of the spine and nervous system. In these cases, a chiropractor’s treatments will yield immediate relief, and routine spinal correction through adjustments will help prevent flare-ups, long-term.
If you suffer from asthma and would like help, your first step is to make an appointment at Queen City Health Center! Charlotte chiropractor, Dr. Holly Clemens, will perform an evaluation to determine what abnormalities exist with your spine and nervous system. It is important to note that asthma patients should not stop taking their asthma medications during these assessments, treatments and visits, unless told to do so by their primary care physician. However, with consistent chiropractic care, patients often see a gradual decrease in their symptoms, especially in severe, daily flare-ups, and many of our patients have been able to come off of their medications in relatively a short time. Chiropractors who perform these treatments can attest to thousands of cases, where they have seen asthma patients recover almost 100% from debilitating asthma symptoms.
Fill out the form on this page to request a FREE 15-minute phone consultation with Dr. Holly, and get on the path to better health! We are enthusiastic about providing the best chiropractic care in Charlotte and would love to help you get off of your asthma medications. Can’t wait? Call us at 980.422.2000 to book an in-person consultation, complete with an initial exam and X-rays. (Mention that you found us on the web to receive a discount!)