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Can Chiropractic Cure Asthma?

Young woman inhaling asthma inhaler, close-up.

The word cure or treat should never go with Chiropractic because the nature of Chiropractic does not implore the body to do something that it wasn’t designed to do.  Some Chiropractors use the word treat but the intended use was to help restore order to the body.  This thing called LIFE creates the human body and for a person to live a full life they must care of their body and most importantly find a meaning in life.  Running doesn’t treat heart disease, but it’s a good way of preventing it and even reversing it in early stages of heart disease (high blood pressure).  The Chiropractic adjustments restore function to the operating system of your body called the nervous system.  This is when the sceptical brain, questions the validity of Chiropractic on its effectiveness of whether it can help people or not.  Culturally we are taught, if we have a problem, we must seek a specialist to help us with that problem.  This is true but often the solution is more complicated than a simple answer of A to B = C. If a child is struggling in their mathematics class, you find a tutor. If you want your child to fall in love with numbers, it’s going to take more than simple tutoring to get there. You are going to need to find someone to help your child to fall in love with something and connect it to numbers.  Making our bodies healthier works the same way.  Numbers exist regardless if humans exist or not, but humans assign meaning to them and use it to make their lives better.  Most of our education system fails in adding meaning to the things we are learning.  When we do not add meaning to the information we consume our brains will automatically forget about that consumption.

Going back to the question above, Chiropractic can help with asthma. Aside from my Chiropractic training, I add other things when an individual comes in with asthma.  Our success rate is extremely high among children to the point where most people would not believe it.  On a mechanical level, creating more motion in the thoracic (mid back) and the ribs allows the lungs to have a larger volume when inhaling.  On a psychosomatic level, it’s from stress and anxiety.  When an individual cannot regulate their emotions the ribs contract and the diaphragm spasms, so adrenaline can be released faster from the adrenal glands which are just above the kidneys.  Children are the most vulnerable to this which is why childhood asthma is more prevalent than adult asthma.  When a child becomes an adult, they start to mature emotionally, it often it goes away.  In the individuals that carry their symptoms to adulthood usually store their trauma.  Even when the mind has healed from trauma, the body can still store it.  Chiropractic can help released stored mechanical trauma.  When people have phobia’s such as acrophobia (fear of heights), even though their minds know they are safe, their bodies release stress hormones and their muscles contract.

Diagram For Respiratory Muscles - Light Chiro Practic
If your Chiropractor can help you restore the mechanics of breathing, then they should be able to help with your asthma.  There are three groups of muscles that support your breath.  The accessory muscles, the intercostal’s, and the biggest one the diaphragm.  There are specific adjustments can be done in the areas of the figure above.  Starting from the thoracic vertebra, the ribs, the sternum and sometimes the upper cervical.

I’ve had two separate instances this year where two children came to me with asthma, both situations their parents fought a lot and eventually divorced.  The adjustments in the thoracic and upper cervical helped the mechanics. Then ask the parents to tell them “I love you no matter what and it’s not your fault” and having the parents remove any guilt took care of the emotional part.  A parents behaviour with their child is paramount to how a person deals with stress.  When teens develop it, it’s usually has to do with school performance and self-image.  Children and teens are generally not adequately equipped to understand the spectrum of their emotions because their brains haven’t fully developed yet.  With adults the neurological patterns are deeper, complex and behavorial.

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