Asthma has become a major concern in the past 20 years. Just a couple of decades ago, you never saw an inhaler. Nowadays, it’s completely normal to see both adults and children carrying around their “puffers” wherever they go, in preparation of asthma attacks that can occur at any time.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that there are about 20 million people in this country coping with asthma, an increase of 60 percent since the 1980s. About 5,000 deaths a year are attributed to this breathing condition and experts aren’t entirely sure why the statistics are so high. Some think it’s because of genetics, while others believe that kids are exposed to more allergens than they were a few decades ago. Still others blame the stresses that go along with a modern life. Whatever the source, it’s clear that asthma is a serious condition that doesn’t get the attention it deserves.
In order to reduce asthma symptoms and improve the patient’s quality of life, alternative methods of treatment and healing should be considered. Most asthmatics can benefit from relaxation techniques that will help them control their stress levels. Some of the best ways to work on stress and tension are yoga, massage, meditation and chiropractic care.
Limited clinical trials have suggested that patients with asthma who received chiropractic adjustments experience an improvement in bronchial activity and a decrease in asthma-related symptoms.
Chiropractors are able to offer asthma patients a thorough examination in which their overall physical health is closely observed. Additionally, the chiropractic team will take a thorough history of lifestyle and dietary habits, to see if there are any obvious triggers for the asthma attacks. This information can then be used by the chiropractor, patient and primary care physician for an effective treatment plan.
Reducing Asthma Symptoms
While there is no cure, experts recommend the following tips for alleviating the symptoms of asthma:
- Purchase hypoallergenic bedding to reduce exposure to dust mites.
- Be aware of certain medications that can exacerbate asthma symptoms.
- Practice caution when engaging in exercise or athletic events.
- Be cautious of foods that contain MSG or sulfates.
- Try to reduce your consumption of meat and meat products.
- Eat foods that are rich in omega 3 fatty acids.
- Try to reduce stress in your life.
- Purchase an air filter for your home.
- Consider taking vitamin C supplements which can help reduce symptoms.
If you or a loved one are exhibiting symptoms of asthma, contact your chiropractor or primary care physician immediately. While asthma is a very serious condition, with proper treatment it’s possible for an asthma sufferer to continue living an active life for years to come.
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