Asthma Treatment

In this article: Chiropractic Care for Asthma | Symptoms of Asthma | Side Effects of Asthma Medication

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Asthma Treatment

The incidence of asthma is reaching epidemic proportions around the world, and the go-to asthma treatment is typically a medically prescribed inhaler pumped full of drugs that can cause unwanted symptoms. But it’s not your only option for you or your child – enter natural, effective, and gentle chiropractic care!

What is Asthma?

According to the Asthma Society of Canada, doctors define asthma as “chronic inflammatory disease of the airways.” With asthma, the airways in your lungs (bronchial tubes) overreact to allergens or irritants (triggers), causing them to become inflamed and constricted.

These airways carry oxygen and air to and from your body. When they become constricted or tighten, breathing becomes difficult and they begin to make more mucous, which causes even more constriction.

An estimated 300 million people suffer with asthma worldwide, and that number is climbing. According to the World Health Organization, asthma accounts for more than 180, 000 deaths worldwide every year, and it is the most common chronic illness among the world’s children.

No one knows for certain what causes asthma, but it is generally believed that genetics, an abnormal nervous system response to certain stimuli, allergies and environmental factors play key roles. There is no known “cure” for asthma, therefore, it is considered to be a life-long chronic illness. But there is hope for natural treatment.

Chiropractic Care for Asthma Treatment

women gardeningChiropractors believe that most illnesses and conditions can be traced back to a problem with the central nervous system. Since you live your life through your nervous system, if something is out of whack, then symptoms begin to appear, symptoms that never would have appeared if your nervous system was functioning at an optimal level.

What causes your nervous system to get out of whack? A misaligned spine, and that’s the reason why chiropractors move bones – to put spines back into proper alignment so that nerves can function correctly.

Think about it: what happens to your cell phone when you hit a “dead spot” between towers with no reception? It usually has a very weak signal or… it doesn’t work at all. Why is that? Because the communication link between the phone (body) and the cell tower (brain) is being interfered with by a mountain or a valley (spinal misalignment) that makes communication impossible!

The same scenario happens with your body when interference prevents your nervous system from carrying messages back and forth between your brain and your body! Chiropractors receive special advanced education and training to be able to locate and correct this interference (spinal misalignment) to restore proper brain-body communication.

Once the interference causing asthma to present is removed, the body heals itself and many of the symptoms of asthma are either reduced or even eliminated.

Science even says it’s so–the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) cites numerous studies in the following conclusion that validates the benefits of pediatric chiropractic for children with asthma:

“76.5% of patients with bronchial asthma said they benefited from chiropractic treatment. Peak flow rate and vital capacity increased after the third treatment. Significantly lower quality of life impairment rating scores were reported for 90.1% of children after 60 days of chiropractic care. During this same time period the average number of asthma attacks decreased an average of 44.9%, and asthma medication usage was decreased an average of 66.5%. Among parents of asthmatic children who had received chiropractic treatment, 92% considered this treatment beneficial.”

Symptoms of Asthma

When bronchial airways tighten and become narrow as a reaction to some type of trigger, asthma symptoms are likely to occur. They can be moderate to severe, depending on the trigger and the person.

Symptoms might occur only during acute asthma attacks or you may have mild symptoms all the time, only at night, or only after a strenuous workout routine (exercise-induced asthma).

Typical symptoms of asthma include:

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing when you exhale
  • Coughing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Inability to sleep because of breathing, wheezing, or coughing symptoms

In an acute asthma attack, these symptoms rapidly become even more severe and, as the airways get even tighter and more inflamed, along with increased mucous production, you might also experience:

  • Problems speaking or focusing
  • Extreme anxiety or panic symptoms
  • The inability to “catch” your breath
  • Lips and fingernails that turn blue
  • Severe wheezing when you inhale and exhale
  • Extreme sweating of the face, paleness

Having an asthma attack plan of action helps you to recognize the early symptoms of an attack so you can prevent a full-blown and far more serious and severe asthma attack. It is especially important for a child with asthma to be able to monitor his or her own symptoms and to be able to let a teacher or caregiver know when urgent help is required so that appropriate action can be taken.

Side Effects of Asthma Medication

Asthma MedicationHealth Risks
GlaxoSmithKline (ADVAIR, Serevent, fluticasone and salmeterol [generics]) Inhaled corticosteroids or ICS for short, have become the mainstay of asthma treatment for persistent asthma in children and adults. These medications work in various ways on the immune system to prevent inflammation of the airways and airway spasms (broncospasms/asthma attacks) in people with asthma.Side effects include upper respiratory tract infections, headaches, sore throat, bronchitis, coughing, nausea/vomiting, sinus infections, hoarseness or voice changes, muscle pain or bone pain, fever, runny nose, sneezing, conjunctivitis (“pink eye”), tooth pain, constipation, joint pain or arthritis, shakiness (tremors), sleeping problems, increased sweating, underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), vaginal yeast infection, irregular menstrual cycle or menstrual problems, thrush, abdominal pain (or stomach pain), diarrhea, bloody nose, dizziness, muscle cramps or spasms, breathing problems that become worse, irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia), rapid heart rate (tachycardia), high blood pressure (hypertension), high blood sugar, agitation, aggression, anxiety, restlessness, depression, osteoporosis, eye problems, including glaucoma or cataracts, frequent or severe infection of any type, allergic reaction ( unexplained rash, hives, itching), unexplained swelling, wheezing, difficulty breathing or swallowing and increased risk of asthma-related death.
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Schering-Plough (FORADIL AEROLIZER, formoterol [generic]) DEY Pharma (Perforomist, formoterol [generic]) Used as a maintenance treatment for asthma and to prevent bronchospasm (asthma attack) in adults and children 5 years of age and older. Also used in the treatment of exercise-induced asthma.Side effects include viral infection, bronchitis, chest infection, dizziness, anxiety, headache, sleep problems (insomnia), back pain, muscle cramps, sore throat, dry mouth, cough, stuffy nose, skin rash, itching, voice changes, chest pain, fast or pounding heartbeats, tremors, shaking, restless feeling, wheezing, choking, breathing problems, increased thirst or hunger, urinating more than usual, worsening in asthma symptoms.
DEY Pharma (AccuNeb), DAVA Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Vospire), Astra-Zeneca Pharmaceuticals (Arm-A-Med), Teva Pharmaceuticals (ProAir HFA), SHERING CORPORATION (Proventil, Proventil HFA), GLAXOSMITHKLINE (Ventolin and Ventolin HFA), albuterol [generic] Used for prevention and relief of bronchospasm (asthma attack) in individuals with asthma and exercise-induced asthma.Side effects include cough, nausea/vomiting, nervousness, tremor, headache, sinus inflammation, trouble sleeping, unusual taste in mouth, palpitations, fast heart rate, elevated blood pressure, nausea, dizziness, heartburn, throat irritation, sore or dry throat, nosebleeds, severe allergic reactions (rash, hives, itching), difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue, chest pain, ear pain, fast or irregular heartbeat, new or worse trouble breathing, pounding in the chest, severe headache or dizziness, unusual hoarseness, wheezing, increased risk of asthma-related death.
Prometheus Laboratories Inc (Entocort EC), AstraZeneca LP (Pulmicort, Rhinocort, Entocort EC), budesonide [generic] Corticosteroid used to decrease inflammation in the lungs as a treatment for the symptoms of asthma.Side effects include coughing, hoarseness, dry mouth, loss of taste or unpleasant taste, stomach upset, allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue, breathing problems, changes in vision, white patches or sores in the mouth or throat, unusual swelling.
AstraZeneca LP (Symbicort, budesonide/formoterol fumarate dehydrate [generic]) Budesonide is a steroid that reduces inflammation in the body. Formoterol is a long-acting bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in the airways to improve breathing. The combination of the two is used to prevent bronchospasm in people with asthma.Side effects include headache, back pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, upset stomach, back pain, muscle cramps, sore throat, stuffy nose, joint or muscle pain, changes in voice, chest pain, fast or pounding heartbeats, tremors, nervousness, wheezing, choking, breathing problems, fever, flu symptoms, white patches or sores in your mouth or throat, worsening asthma symptoms.

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