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Asthma and Chiropractic Care

Updated: Mar 25, 2022

Chiropractic does not treat asthma directly. However, many patients suffering from asthma experience improvement by receiving regular chiropractic care.

Drugs from an inhaler may temporarily reduce your symptoms but ultimately ignore the underlying issue: nervous system disturbances.

Research suggests that there is a link between the spinal column, the nervous system, and the respiratory system. This is why most chiropractic patients seeking treatment for asthma experience improved breathing.


Your diaphragm is your primary breathing muscle. Nerves that control each breath leave your brain and exit the spinal cord. Spinal problems in this area can have a profound affect on the nerve supply to your diaphragm. Reducing or eliminating subluxations (spinal misalignments) in the spine may help restore proper nervous system function allowing for improved functioning in your lungs and diaphragm.

Approaches to Asthma Treatment

Traditional Medical Approach: Avoid triggers: exercise, pollen, dust, and specific food allergens. During asthma attacks, Albuterol is used to keep airways open. Prescription Drugs: RediHaler, Pulmicort, and Asmanex (steroid inhalers). Advair, Dulera, Symbicort, and Prednisone (oral steroids).

Prescription Drug SIde Effects: Increased heart rate, rashes, anxiousness, headaches, oral thrush, cataracts, glaucoma, weight gain, growth suppression in children, and type 2 diabetes.

Chiropractic Approach: Check for subluxations at T1, T2, T3, T4, or T5. Specifically adjust ONE subluxated segment. Check if there is a history of mental health factors, rhinitis, sinusitis, acid reflux, or hormonal disorders that can cause an asthma attack

* Without chiropractic care, children who receive steroid treatments can have delayed growth and increased chance of broken bones

Foods That Can help with Asthma

There is evidence that a traditional Western diet — which is high in refined grains, red meat, processed meat, and sweets — can increase inflammation and worsen asthma symptoms. A better one to try might be the Mediterranean diet, one based on eating plenty of healthy fats (like olive oil), fish, whole grains, and fruit.

Add these items to your diet:

Apples & Oranges, Salmon, Beans, Ginger, Turmeric, Spinach, Pomegranates, and Tomato Juice.

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