Asthma is one of the most common and costly conditions in America today. It costs the estimated 17 million Americans who have it, over $13 billion a year. Worst of all, nearly 5,000 people die from asthma-related causes annually. Asthma accounts for more pediatric hospitalizations than any other childhood disease.
Most people think that their allergies and asthma symptoms are caused by the environment, but it’s actually the body’s over reaction and specifically, the immune and respiratory system’s inability to adapt to its environment.
A typical attack can trigger excessive histamine response, muscle spasm, mucus production and inflammation. In turn, airways can become narrow and obstructed, causing shortness of breath, chronic coughing and tightness in your chest. This hyper-response can be triggered by irritants such as pollen, mold, pollution, smoke, animal dander, dust mites, intense emotions or even exercise. Cold air or a change in temperature, such as when you go from cold outside air to warm inside air, can also become a factor. While asthma may be triggered by different things, the common denominator researchers have found is a disturbance of the respiratory center in the brain stem.
While some asthma sufferers may not think to go to an upper cervical chiropractor for relief, many patients have found profound improvement and even elimination of their symptoms after having an upper neck misalignment corrected. Let’s look at why.
The nervous system is a complex network of nerves that control and coordinate all of your body’s vital functions, including your respiratory system. The respiratory center is housed in the lower part of the brain called the brain stem. It is responsible for a myriad of functions including adjusting your rate of breathing to the demands your body so that proper oxygen and carbon dioxide levels are met. The upper part of the spine (called the atlas and axis) is in close relationship to this vital part of the brain stem and when misaligned can produce a pressure that can interrupt proper communication between the brain stem and the body, called a subluxation. Upright MRI studies have shown that this pressure can even affect blood and cervical spinal fluid flow to and from the brain as well. This can potentially cause problems with respiratory and immune system responses of the body.
Upper cervical chiropractic is a gentle, but very precise adjustment with no twisting or popping. We use technology to discover how much your atlas and axis are out of alignment and use a gentle procedure to coax them back into alignment, alleviating the pressure on your brain stem. One study among many showed that 47 people of varying ages from children to adults who were treated for asthma using upper cervical chiropractic adjustments lessened or completely eliminated their asthma symptoms.
Justin is just one of many asthma sufferers we’ve seen in our office. He was 8-years-old and had to use an inhaler and breathing treatments for years to manage his symptoms. He struggled with his daily activities and often missed school. His parents were worried about the frequency and severity of his attacks, as well as the effects that medication might have on his body. After correcting and stabilizing his upper cervical spinal misalignment, and thus allowing proper communication of his nervous system, his asthma is no longer a controlling his life. He is now able to keep up with daily activities and even able to play sports.
A free, non-invasive upper cervical examination could determine whether or not this correction could help to alleviate your asthma symptoms. Call today for your free consultation with Drs. Thad and Nikki Vuagniaux at Upper Cervical Care, Glen Carbon IL, 618-692-6992.