Asthma, Bronchitis and Emphysema

Asthma, Bronchitis and Emphysema Compromise Breathing

inhaler-chiropractor_careThe bronchioles are branch-like structures that bring oxygen to the blood in your lungs and take away carbon dioxide and water vapor. Asthma is a condition where the bronchioles become swollen, constricted, spasmodic and filled with mucus. This causes gasping, wheezing and struggling for breath—an asthma attack. An attack may be set off by allergies, physical or emotional stress, or environmental irritants. You’ve probably read about the increasing prevalence of asthma, especially in children.

Bronchitis is a condition where increased mucus in the trachea and bronchial tubes compromises breathing. A common cause is secondhand smoke.

With emphysema, many bronchioles are blocked and the lung itself is damaged. Less functioning lung tissue results in less oxygen for the blood and leads to high blood pressure and heart disease. This hypoxia causes lethargy, muscle weakness, impaired mental function and eventually, death. Smoking or exposure to toxic chemicals are usually responsible.

Typical Treatments for Breathing Problems

The standard medical approach for asthma, bronchitis and emphysema include cortisone, inhaled corticosteroids or bronchodilators to prevent or reduce swelling in the bronchi. These drugs may be needed lifelong and bring the risk of side effects that must be monitored.

Chiropractic Can Improve Lung Function

Chiropractic treatment, which focuses on keeping nerve passages in the body open, allows the nerves that serve the lungs to properly communicate with the spine and promotes optimal functioning.

A number of research studies as well as anecdotal reports show that patients receiving Chiropractic care experience significant improvements — less frequent attacks, less severe attacks and less dependence on medications.

If you or a loved one suffers from asthma or emphysema, talk to Dr. Van Amberg about how chiropractic care might help you breathe more easily.