Structural Chiropractic and Asthma


Welcome to Keystone Chiropractic’s BlogCast. For those of you watching for the first time,
I’m Dr. Adam Ries. Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot about people’s
struggles with asthma. It’s a condition which affects 25 million
people in the U.S. Asthma is a chronic lung disorder which can be characterized by inflammation,
constriction of the airways, and hyperresponsiveness. It can be related to emotional stress, environmental
toxins and allergens, obesity, physical exertion, and more. For those who suffer with asthma, you may
be experiencing coughing, a burning sensation while breathing, wheezing, fatigue, and a
host of other issues. While asthma in part is related to an abnormal
immune response, it’s also related to an inability of your body to properly control the constriction
and dilation, or closing and opening, of the airways. Today I’ll be discussing the latter. For more information about the abnormal immune
response, check out a previous blogcast on our blog or on our YouTube channel. The diameter of your airways is primarily
controlled by signals from your autonomic nerve system, or what I like to refer to as
your automatic operating system aOS. The aOS consists of your sympathetic or fight
or flight system, and parasympathetic or relax and digest system. Under normal circumstances, the sympathetic
nerve system is responsible for dilating or opening your airways when you are under stress
or being active. During these times your body requires more
oxygen and as such your body increases airflow into your lungs. When you are resting, you require less airflow
and so the parasympathetic nerve system closes the airways some. In an asthmatic person there’s dysfunction
between these two systems. This can be traced back to structural shifts
of the spine where these nerves originate. These shifts impede the normal messages that
the aOS sends to your airways, and this can either cause too many messages telling your
airways to constrict, or too few telling your airways to dilate. As these shifts persist, they can lead to
chronic constriction of your airways, and thus the symptoms of asthma. It’s important to first know if there are
indeed structural shifts of your spine, obstructing normal aOS function. A comprehensive examination by a Structural
Chiropractor will help you discover if these shifts are contributing to the scrambled messages
and the asthmatic response. If this is the case, specific structural chiropractic
adjustments could help return your spine toward its normal position and restore normal communication
between your aOS and your airways. Now, structural chiropractic is not a cure
for asthma. But, by ensuring that your nervous system
is able to communicate with the rest of your body, including how you breathe, this can
lead to a reduction or the issues that you’re facing. Contact us today to learn more, and see if
Structural Chiropractic could be part of the solution for you. Thanks for watching today’s blogcast.