Whether it's allergies or chronic problems like asthma or bronchitis, if you have a breathing issue, your quality of life will suffer.
Correcting spinal subluxations can have surprising benefits for your health outside of preventing back pain. That includes working to improve breathing problems.
Patients have reported that chiropractic care has had extremely noticeable benefits for their respiratory system.
If you're someone that has frequent or ongoing problems breathing, consult with the team at Florida Spine and Injury.
They can help you determine if your spine might be playing a role in how you breathe.
And, if it is, they might be able to help correct it.
In the article below, we will discuss breathing issues and how chiropractic care can help.
Table of Contents
- Common Breathing Disorders
- How Common Are Breathing Disorders?
- Chiropractic Treatments For Breathing Issues
- What Does The Research Say?
- Are You Having Breathing Problems
Common Breathing Disorders
Respiratory illness is a common problem in the United States.
People are often genetically more likely to get respiratory conditions, but your workplace or environmental exposures also help determine if you will have respiratory issues.
Smoking is, without a doubt, the most common cause of respiratory disease.
Some of the most common respiratory illnesses plaguing Americans are:
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Chronic Bronchitis
- Lung Cancer
- Cystic Fibrosis/Bronchiectasis
- Pleural Effusion
Chiropractic care will obviously not be able to fix some of the more extreme breathing issues, but it might help you breathe easier on a daily basis.
How Common Are Breathing Disorders?
Back in 2007, there were about 11 hospitalizations for asthma per 10,000 children and adults ages 5 to 64 years.
Between 2005 and 2007, there were 57 ER visits for asthma per 10,000 children and adults ages 5 to 64 years.
Breathing problems can also rapidly decrease a persons quality of life.
In 2008, for example, 12.7 percent of people with asthma were limited in their activities due to chronic lung and breathing problems.
Breathing problems come in a variety of forms, depending on the patient. The muscles in the ribs, upper chest, and neck all support breathing.
For example, rapid and shallow breaths often caused by stress can put an additional burden on these muscles.
Breathing issues are often not isolated.
They can be correlated with other health issues, including:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Poor digestion
- Tension headaches
Your chiropractor finding and diagnosing subluxations in your back, along with any other undue interruption of your spinal nerve signals, can help paint a clear picture as to why you're having trouble breathing.
Deep abdominal breathing can help determine whether you're breathing correctly.
Abdominal breathing involves using the diaphragm muscle between your lungs and your abdomen to take deep breaths.
Try this exercise: Lie on the floor and put one hand on your chest and one hand on your stomach.
Take a deep breath, and if the hand on your stomach moved up, you're breathing correctly.
Chiropractic Treatments For Breathing Issues
A trained chiropractor is an ideal partner to keep you healthy, especially when it comes to breathing issues.
Your chiropractor will take a full medical history, provide a thorough evaluation, and discuss a custom treatment plan with you.
This may include a combination of breathing exercises and spinal adjustments.
Your spinal column plays such a key role in your central nervous system, so it's essential to correct any misalignments. This will allow nerve signals to flow properly throughout your body.
Researchers have found that chiropractic care may provide some benefits in alleviating breathing issues.
A study from the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics collected data from more than 5,000 patients on areas of improvement following chiropractic treatment.
The most common area of improvement was breathing, which was reported by 27 percent of patients.
Chiropractic care is a natural, noninvasive way to resolve your health problems.
It avoids many of the adverse side effects associated with taking over-the-counter or prescription drugs and may provide a solution to your problem, rather than just covering it up.
It's also a much better option than just learning to cope with your breathing issues and accepting them as normal.
What Does the Research Say?
Another study published in the journal Clinical Chiropractic examined a group of 34 smaller studies of chiropractic treatment for asthmatic breathing problems.
The study aimed to determine if they showed agreement about the benefits of chiropractic.
The 34 studies had various designs, ranging from case reports to surveys, to trial studies. Overall, the results from these studies show that chiropractic care may provide some benefit for patients with asthma.
Are You Having Breathing Problems?
If you're having breathing issues, chiropractic care might hold answers.
The expert chiropractors at Florida Spine and Injury are ready to help you breathe a little easier.
If you're breathing uneasily, or you're suffering from any other health issues, contact Florida Spine and Injury today for a free consultation.
They will help get you back on the path to optimal health and wellness. Chiropractic care can help with many issues, from pain and injuries, to balance and health, and so much more. See how you can benefit from chiropractic care with your free consultation.
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