Absolutely!! Did you know that researchers in several studies have shown that spinal adjustments improve respiratory function and improve chest mobility better than conventional bronchodilators, expectorants, and corticosteroids? Also, in recent studies children with asthma showed an overall improvement in lung capacity after only 15 chiropractic adjustments! How amazing is that!?
Asthma can be a very serious disease that can even be life threatening in some cases. Attacks are caused by irritants such as allergens or over-exertion that cause the bronchioles, the smallest air passage ways in the lungs, to spasm and become congested with mucus. This causes a decrease in the size and patency of the airways causing difficulty in breathing and an increase in wheezing and coughing.
Chiropractic adjustments can help both bio mechanically and neurologically.
First, let’s start with the bio mechanics. When you breath in and out your lungs expand and contract. Your ribs surround your lungs and move simultaneously with every breath. Your ribs are connected in the back to your thoracic vertebrae and in the front to your sternum. So what do you think would happen if these ribs didn’t move the way they are supposed to? It would affect your ability to breathe properly. If your thoracic vertebrae are restricted or out of place it would directly affect the attaching rib. Chiropractors are trained to locate these areas of restriction, correct them and increase joint mobility through adjustments. With increased mobility of the bones and ribs surrounding the lungs it becomes easier to breathe.
Now lets talk about how adjustments can help neurologically. The primary muscle in respiration is the diaphragm. This muscle sits below your chest and above your belly. It is controlled by the phrenic nerve which is composed of nerves that exit from the 3rd, 4th, and 5th vertebrae in the neck. If the nerve supply to this muscle is interfered with, as may be the case with a subluxation in the neck, the diaphragm may not function optimally and breathing may be impaired. By adjusting the neck we can remove this nerve inference to allow for optimum functioning of the diaphragm and removing breathing impairment.
Vertebral subluxations in the neck can also result in associated spasm of the musculature in the neck. When the muscles in the neck become tight, the normal flow of the lymphatic system which helps our immune system to function normally can be interrupted. Because of this stasis in the lymph system, the immune system can become overloaded. Chiropractic adjustments in many cases will produce immediate relaxation of the neck muscles and allow normal lymph drainage to re-occur.
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Dr. Nicole Davis DC
Dr. Nicole Davis graduated from Logan University with not only her Doctorate in Chiropractic but her Bachelors in Life Sciences. After working with hundreds of clients a week in a busy Ohio Chiropractic clinic, she decided to head home to Des Moines to be closer to her family. She currently specializes in family wellness care with advanced training in pediatric and pregnancy care, working alongside 2 other doctors in the only Wellness Center in Iowa to offer Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Specialized Pediatric and Pregnancy Care as well as Functional Medicine. She loves spending time with family, friends and her dog, Maci. She is here to serve her community with love, support and enthusiasm.