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Asthma and Allergies - A New Approach

Although the traditional methods for controlling asthma and allergies are numerous, sickness and death from asthma appear to be increasing. As stated in The New England Journal of Medicine in February of 1992, this trend is as least partially due to side effects from regular use of inhaled medications.


 

THE NEW APPROACH

In a recent study, children with asthma showed an overall improvement in lung capacity after only 15 chiropractic adjustments. Stoddard stated that many diseases are due to mechanical lesions (vertebral subluxations). There is ample research documenting the intimate connection between the spinal column, the nervous system, and the respiratory system. Nerve Stress, or tension on nerves, in the neck and upper back can produce associated muscle spasms, which cause a restriction and stasis of the lymphatic drainage from the head and neck. As a result, the body is unable to wash out the bacteria, debris, and foreign material to which it is exposed. As this vital process is slowed, the phagocytic activity within the lymphatic chain (drainage of waste, bacteria, etc.) is interrupted, and invasion of the offending bacteria multiplies. Chiropractic adjustments in many cases will produce immediate relaxation of the neck musculature responsible for obstructing the lympahtic (neck) drainage. These adjustments improve respiratory function by restoring normal nerve function, which in turn may result in symptomatic improvement in bronchitis and asthma.

The phrenic nerve (C3, C4, C5 - neck nerves) powers the diaphram. If the nerve supply is interfered with, such as in nerve stress in the neck, the diaphram weakens and breathing becomes impaired. Restoring nerve supply by correcting nerve stress not only improves muscle tone, but actually aids in overall body function, especially in the immune response. Chiropractic is safe and natural. It does not try to treat the symptoms of a poorly functioning body. Instead, the chiropractor addresses the important role of the nervous system in the healing process.

The results can be dramatic, as in a 1989 Danish study of 115 families with children ages 0 to 7 years suffering from asthma, diabetes, and epilepsy. One third of the children underwent chiropractic adjustments, after which 93 percent of the parents surveyed reported improvement in their child's asthma condition. Many childhood illnesses may be manifested in the child and adult due to abnormal body function caused by nerve stress. In light of this, your chiropractor may be the best doctor to help your child improve his/her health.