An increased number of people are now suffering from asthma. Asthma is a respiratory condition marked by spasm in the bronchi of the lungs causing breathing difficulty, varying in severity from mild wheezing to sudden death.
It is the seventh most prevalent chronic health condition with an annual cost of $11.3 billion, affecting over 17 million Americans, 5.3 million of whom are children.
The lungs are made up of small sacs called alveoli that have a total surface area of almost 40-50 square miles, using 3000 gallons of air in a 24 hour period.
Respiration, like every process in the human body, is regulated by the brain and nervous system. It is well known that the spinal nerves and the autonomic nerves supply energy and function to the lungs and without these nerves, the lungs would cease all function. Subluxation or improper spinal nerve function in the mid-back region of the spine, along with food or environmental allergies are generally accepted as the major causes of these life-threatening attacks.
Some asthmatics are condemned to a life of bronchodilators and steroid-based drugs which may have serious short and long-term side effects such as a worsening of asthma symptoms, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and even death.
Chiropractic care is drug-free. A recent study reported that only the adjusted group of patients demonstrated significant improvement in asthma symptoms, depression and lower blood cortisol levels, an indicator of internal stress. Chiropractic care has an excellent track record of helping adults and children with asthma, not by treating asthma, but by helping restore proper nerve function to the lungs so they can function at their peak potential.