Asthma is a lung disease. Although it is a controllable disease, it can be debilitating for the sufferer. There is no cure for this disease; however, many children will outgrow childhood asthma.
With chiropractic treatment, life for children suffering from asthma can be easier. Taking your asthmatic child for regular treatments with a chiropractor can help your child cope with his asthma attacks. Regular treatment may help your child to have less frequent and less severe asthma attacks.
What Triggers an Asthma Attack?
The most common causes of asthma in childhood are allergic reactions to dust and dust mites, pollen, grass, mould, smoke, feathers, animal dander, and some chemicals or chemical fumes.
Exercise can cause asthma in children, especially if the child becomes chilled due to changes in the weather. Another common cause of asthma in children is a viral infection, such as a cold or flu.
Sometimes a child who has asthma will outgrow the disease when he reaches adulthood. In early childhood, from three years to eight years, the chance of a boy developing asthma is twice as great as the chance of a girl developing asthma. Once they reach adolescence girls and boys are equally affected by asthma.
A young child will often have asthma attacks when he first starts school. This is because he is exposed to other children in the classroom with colds.
Exercise induced asthma is also common with children who are doing school sports for the first time. Children do not always remember to put on warm clothing after playing sports in the winter, so they become chilled, and this may be enough to trigger an asthma attack even if the child does not suffer from exercise induced asthma.
Because asthma is one of the main reasons for children to miss school, it is vitally important that your child’s asthma is kept under control. Regular visits to the chiropractor can ensure your child has the best chance of continuing his education without missing too many days at school due to asthma attacks.
How can a Chiropractor Help?
A chiropractor can help control asthma by giving regular spinal adjustments to the asthmatic child. Spinal adjustments can help alleviate the pain caused by sore muscles during an asthma attack. Spinal adjustments may also reduce the severity and the frequency of childhood asthma attacks.
If the severity and frequency of childhood asthma attacks is reduced the child will not need to depend so heavily on medication. A chiropractor can work with the child’s doctor to ensure that the child is receiving the best possible treatment for his asthma.
Children respond well to chiropractic adjustments. Young bodies heal very quickly after a spinal misalignment is corrected. A chiropractor will use spinal adjustments to help improve your child’s general health as well as to help control his asthma.
Chiropractors play an important role in helping children to cope with asthma. Spinal adjustments help ease discomfort and sore muscles in asthma patients and also help asthmatic children to lead a more normal life with fewer, and less severe asthma attacks.