What is Asthma?

Doctors define asthma as a “chronic inflammatory disease of the airways” that can cause any or all of the following symptoms:

-Shortness of breath   - Tightness in the chest  -Coughing    -Wheezing

People with asthma are often referred to as “twitchy,” meaning they seem to overreact to stimuli such as aero-allergens and cold, dry air. Over time, the airways, or bronchial tubes, become inflamed and sensitive. This increased inflammation, if not treated, will often lead to an asthma attack, which involves changes in the bronchial tubes and airways, in the following ways:

· The muscles around the bronchial tubes tighten, causing the airways to narrow. This is known as bronchospasm or bronchoconstriction.

· Mucus is produced within the bronchial tubes further restricting air flow. Asthma symptoms can:

· Be mild, moderate or severe.

· Vary from person to person.

· Flare up from time to time and then not appear for long periods.

· Vary from one episode to the next.

 Asthma is one of the most prevalent chronic conditions affecting Canadians. Asthma can first be diagnosed at any age, but often starts in childhood affecting about 13% of Canadian children.  The prevalence of asthma in Canada has been increasing over the last 20 years and it is estimated that currently over 3 million Canadians have asthma.  According to the World Health Organization, asthma is now a serious public health problem with over 235 million sufferers worldwide.   According to Statistics Canada, 8.5% of the population (aged 12 and over) have been diagnosed as having asthma (2010).  Asthma continues to be a major cause of hospitalization of children in Canada.  Asthma is the leading cause of absenteeism from school and the third leading cause of work loss.  

Baby with Asthma Helped by Chiropractic

A case study published in the July 19, 2012, issue of the scientific periodical, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health, documents the case of a young boy suffering from asthma who impoved with chiropractic care.

In this case, a 24 –month-old boy was brought to the chiropractor by his mother for chiropractic care.  According to the boy’s mother, her son had suffered from asthma, chronic colds, and respiratory issues since birth. At the time the child was brought to the chiropractor, he was taking 2 medications daily that were prescribed by his pediatric pulmonologist.  These medications included Flovent at 2 puffs twice per day, and Singulair almost daily.

A chiropractic examination was performed and it was noted that the boy’s neck had a limited overall range of motion.  Additionally, multiple areas in his spine had restricted segmental motion and abnormal positioning.  It was determined that multiple areas of vertebral subluxations were present, and a specific plan of corrective chiropractic adjustments was initiated.  

The study authors noted that the child responded quickly.  They wrote that the “….patient’s mother reported that due to her son’s improvement and decreased symptomatology, she was no longer giving her son the Fovent or Singulair.”

In the case study, the authors reported that,  “…the boy was still being seen in the chiropractor’s office for wellness care once every other week and has reported only one cold with a respiratory flare up once in the past two years,”

In their conclusion the authors wrote,“…In the case of a 2-year-old male suffering from asthma, chronic colds, and respiratory issues since birth, there was a resolution of symptoms after receiving four adjustments over the course of three weeks.  Evidence in this case supports chiropractic care in the management of asthma and associated symptoms.”

If your child has nerve interference (sulbluxation) at the level of the spine it can rob your child of their health.  The only way to know if your child has nerve interference is to bring them in for a specific chiropractic evaluation.  Chiropractors are the only profession educated, trained and licensed to detect these problem areas (subluxation) in the spine.  At Atlas Family Chiropractic we focus on one thing, being the very best at detecting and correcting subluxation with the most specific low force technique available today, we have helped hundreds of children get well in the last 20 years.   If your child suffers from asthma and/or chronic colds and want a non-invasive natural solution to ease their suffering, an Airdrie chiropractor will take time to access their history and evaluation to find the root cause of their health condition.  

Contact our team at Atlas Family Chiropractic today to schedule an appointment or learn more. We look forward to serving you.