An estimated 300 million people throughout the world are suffering from asthma, most of them in developed countries. And the even more shocking statistic is that asthma is responsible for 250,000 deaths annually. It is also the most common of all children’s chronic illnesses. Asthma cannot just be shrugged off simply as an everyday ailment.
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting the airways and lungs. When asthma occurs, the airway or bronchial tubes in your lungs react to allergens or irritants. The airways’ reaction to these triggers causes them to be inflamed and constricted. It is these airways that deliver air and oxygen to and from the different parts of your body. When these airways become constricted, the breathing process becomes difficult and they begin to produce more mucous, which in turn further aggravates the constriction.
The specific cause of asthma cannot be determined. It is however generally believed that certain factors are key in its development. Genetics is one, and so are environmental factors and the nervous system’s abnormal response to certain stimuli. There is also no known medical cure for asthma, and because of this, it is generally considered a chronic, sometimes life-long illness.
Common Ways to Prevent Asthma
According to medical professionals, asthma cannot be prevented, but steps can be taken to prevent its symptoms and control the disease, such as:
- Know the ways to control your asthma.
- Have a written action plan for asthma and follow it.
- Use medicines as prescribed by your doctor.
- Identify the triggers to your asthma and avoid them.
- Monitor your asthma symptoms as well as the level of control.
- Have regular checkups specifically for your asthma.
Conventional asthma management is focused and anchored on medication. Many people have serious concerns with the side effects of asthma medications for good reasons.
Preventing Asthma through Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic is a drug-free and surgery-free natural health care solution to many ills, including asthma. Most conditions and illnesses can be attributed to a problem or anomaly with an individual’s central nervous system. The nervous system controls and coordinates all of the body’s functions such that if there is anything wrong with it, symptoms will begin to appear. If the nervous system is functioning optimally, there will not be any symptoms. A misaligned spine results in a faulty nervous system. Misalignment may be caused by a number of different factors or events in your life. It may have occurred during the birthing process, or as a result of an accident when you were growing up. These accidents and injuries cause spinal misalignments that lead to nerve dysfunction. When nerve dysfunction is present, the area of the body that the nerve controls weakens and becomes sick as the communication between that particular part of the body and the brain is greatly diminished or even become entirely cut off. These are what can be described as interferences as they interfere in the smooth communication between your brain and your body. Chiropractors, through the specialized education and training that they receive, are able to zero-in and correct the spinal misalignment, which act as interferences, to restore normal communication between body and brain.
Chiropractic care in the treatment of asthma has proven its benefits and favorable results. A study involving 420 patients in 16 asthma treatment facilities in Australia demonstrated that patients who underwent chiropractic adjustment process showed significant improvement in their asthma symptoms and immune system function. Researchers believe that these positive results would influence prevention of future asthma attacks.
Chiropractic is the alternative health care most sought after by people in the treatment and care of many health maladies. It is a viable option in the treatment and prevention of asthma.