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Can Stress Cause Asthma?

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Stress can aggravate asthma symptoms.

We often think that stress affects us only in a psychological or emotional sense, so much so that we overlook the physical effects of stress that can be both progressive and debilitating. But stress can trigger headaches, hair loss, irregular heartbeat, sleep troubles, neck and back pain, allergies and even asthma.

Many recent studies have confirmed what researchers have long believed, that psychological stresses can aggravate asthma symptoms. Gailen D. Marshall, MD, PhD, Director of the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, and his colleagues conducted a study that concluded that stress increased the occurrence of asthma and allergies in a group of subjects who were taking their medical school exams.

Your nervous system constantly filters data and decides how your body should react to stressors. In response, your body produces different hormones and neurotransmitters, such as adrenalin, that affect the immune system. When your body is constantly reacting to stress, it creates an imbalance in your body. If it persists, it can have detrimental effects that cause or aggravate certain conditions, including asthma symptoms.

This is why regular nervous system checkups are so important. When your spine is working correctly, your central nervous system and immune system operate they way they were designed, improving your ability to withstand stress.

Remember, it’s not the pollen. It’s not the pet dander. And it’s not “allergy season.” It’s about how your body responds to these stressors. Antihistamines dampen your body’s response. Chiropractic care increases your body’s ability to accommodate the stress.
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