• 02 DEC 14
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    Breathing Easier About Asthma

    Breathing Easier About Asthma

    Please enjoy this video version of our Asthma post:

    Did you know that childhood asthma causes more school absences than any other single pediatric disorder? And the problem seems to be growing. The past 10 to 15 years has seen a dramatic increase in the newly diagnosed cases in the U.S.

    What is Asthma?

    Asthma can be described as obstruction of the lungs’ airflow to varying degrees, and extreme sensitivity in the airway to any number of environmental conditions. You might be surprised to learn that asthma is the most common of all chronic childhood illnesses. It is also one the leading causes of hospitalization for acute care of children. In the U.S., asthma affects nearly 5 million children under the age of 18.

    What are the symptoms?

    During an acute attack of asthma, the child typically appears anxious and exhibits wheezing and painful and/or labored breathing. This breathing difficulty results when the rib cage puts pressure on the lungs, causing compression of the soft tissues (alveoli and small bronchi). The reduced airflow caused by pressure, combined with the presence of mucus, results in wheezing when the child exhales.

    What triggers asthma?

    Although it cannot be accurately predicted who will develop asthma, there are some children who may be at higher risk. Triggering mechanisms can include pollens, house dust and animals. Other factors include exposure to cold and psychological stress factors. Physical exertion has also been recognized as a cause of asthma or may aggravate an asthmatic condition. Some experts believe that asthma may be associated with the increased level of pollution in our environment.

    How is Asthma treated?

    There is no “cure” for asthma. The only treatment is to control its symptoms. The primary medical approach is drug therapy. For those types of asthma that are triggered by allergies, avoidance of those substances that produce the allergic reaction is also important.

    Drugs in the steroid family are a typical treatment for acute asthmatic episodes. Inhalers are often used in early stages of the disease, or for minor attacks. These inhalers, or “bronchodilators,” are used to help ease the restriction to the airway. Unfortunately, many patients find it necessary to continue using inhalers throughout their lives.

    Are there side effects?

    If you and your physician are considering the use of drugs to manage your child’s asthma, it is important to weigh the potential benefits against the risks. Although the treatment of asthma by medication is common and for many, life sustaining, there may be other health complications with this approach.

    Frequent side effects of drugs commonly used to treat asthma include dizziness, headache, nausea, diarrhea, indigestion, increased heart rate, nervousness, throat, nasal, and eye irritations, insomnia, fluid retention, increased appetite, suppression of the immune system, oral yeast infections and long-term usage has been linked to learning disabilities. Less common side effects include allergic reactions, hear problems, diabetes, increased blood pressure and stomach pain.

    Can Chiropractic Help?

    Several clinical trials and studies noted a positive correlation between Chiropractic care and the patient’s perception of relief from their asthma symptoms. Perhaps more compelling are the personal stories of parents and children who have experienced the benefits firsthand. Many have observed a decrease in the severity of asthma symptoms after implementing a schedule of regular Chiropractic visits.

    Chiropractic care represents a safe, drug-free approach that could reduce or eliminate the need for medication. Both adults and children often find that Chiropractic care relieves their asthma symptoms. Consider talking to a qualified Doctor of Chiropractic to learn more about how regular Chiropractic care may benefit your child.

    An inexpensive home remedy that may help ease airway constriction

    Please note this is not meant to substitute for prescribed medication in an acute attack. Take necessary emergency action when you or your child experiences an acute breathing event. That stated, cranberry phytosterols in concentrated cranberry juice are shown to induce bronchodilation. It has proven a valuable tool for parents looking to ease early symptoms of mild attacks or as a daily supplement so that they have less need for a rescue inhaler. My personal practice enjoys great success in reducing the frequency of asthma attacks and allergy symptoms through a number of simple dietary and lifestyle changes along with regular chiropractic care. We even have a number of clients who have gone from daily multiple inhaler uses to rare use. One even has gone two years without using her inhaler!!! This video goes over how to make, store, and dose concentrated cranberry juice. Enjoy:

    Case Studies in Chiropractic for Asthma

    Please enjoy my video on spinal subluxations related to asthma:

    Case Report #1

    A six-year-old boy had asthma since 1991. Child was prescribed aerosol inhalers and was using them three times a day. Chiropractic adjustments were delivered to the cervical, thoracic and lumbar areas. Child showed significant progress. Could run soccer games and almost never used his inhaler. Slept more soundly.

    Case Report #2

    A young girl had problems with her respiratory system and received a clinical diagnosis of asthma. She had shortness of breath, hard and labored breathing, inability to run from shortness of breath and had become reliant on antibiotics for constant respiratory infections. She spent every Christmas in the hospital on a breathing machine. A complete chiropractic exam revealed vertebral subluxations. Specific chiropractic adjustments were given. Patient responded to the care immediately and was able to suspend using the drugs within two weeks. Within two months, she was able to play with her friends without any of the symptoms that held her back before. Her fifth Christmas was the first at home in her life.

    Case Report #3

    An eight-year-old girl had been diagnosed with asthma at age five. Aerosol inhalers were used one to three times per day. After eight chiropractic adjustments over a period of two and a half weeks, the mother stated that the child had not used her inhaler for two days, her wheezing had ceased and she could run without gasping. Patient also became free from asthmatic attacks without medication.

    Case Report #4

    An 11-year-old male was clinically diagnosed with chronic asthma. Theolair and Alupent were prescribed. After his first chiropractic adjustment, he was off his asthma medication. Now, six years later, the patient a multi discipline athlete with aspirations to become an Olympic athlete and is still free of asthma and medication.

    Case Report #5

    A nine-year-old male presented with chronic asthma. Child was put on Nasalcron. At onset of chiropractic care, he was off his medication. Clear of symptoms since first adjustment eight years prior.

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