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Chiropractic Care and Common Respiratory Issues

Chiropractic Care and Common Respiratory Issues

    Chiropractic care is mainly known for treatment for back and joint pain. What most people do not realize is that chiropractic care also has many other beneficial uses. One treatment provided that surprises people the most is that it can help with common respiratory function! Respiratory issues have become more prominent recently and the use of chiropractors as treatment has followed suit.

Lung Disease

    Lung disease is one of the diseases that has become a bigger and bigger problem. Even though smoking has gone down in general in the last couple decades, lung disease caused by secondhand smoke has been abundant. Chiropractic care cannot cure lung disease completely but it can be added to the treatment already in place to provide a better quality of life.

In a study, patients with lung disease were given different variations of chiropractic treatments for four weeks to see what the results would be. The results showed that the treatments helped the patients breathe easier and walk farther distances without their lungs stopping them. The spinal manipulation and other treatments done were able to open up the respiratory systems and allow air to flow through easier.

Asthma

    Asthma is one of the most prevalent respiratory diseases. Many cases are genetic but it also can be caused by the environment. Pollution in the air causes asthma, and because the pollution has gotten worse, the number of asthma cases has also increased.

    The normal treatments for asthma is an inhaler or medication. Both of these are used to control an attack or mask the symptoms of asthma. The alternative to these treatments is chiropractic care. Chiropractic care can not only help the patient feel better, but it can also help prevent asthma attacks from occurring.

    When treating a patient with asthma, the most common procedure is an alignment. During an alignment, the doctor will realign all of the vertebrae and joints in the body to the position they are supposed to be in. When this is done to someone who has asthma, it can restore the lung's ability to operate how they are supposed to operate. It will open up the airways and allow the air to flow in a normal pattern.

         

Everyday Use

    You don’t have to have a respiratory disorder to be able to benefit from chiropractic care. In a study done by The Journal of Physical Therapy Science, two test groups with no respiratory problems were split into two groups, the control, and the experimental group. The control group received fake therapy and the experimental group received real chiropractic treatment. The results are the study were phenomenal. The experimental group felt the effects of the treatment within minutes of receiving it. They could breath easier, and they overall felt better and more energized. The control group did not notice any respiratory benefits. This study shows that everyone can benefit from regular chiropractic visits. By having your body aligned regularly, you will be able to live your life to the fullest.