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ASTHMA

Asthma is a chronic (long-standing) lung disorder characterized by recurrent attacks of wheezing and difficulty breathing. During an asthma attack, the muscles in the airways tighten, and the lining of the air passages swells, restricting airflow in and out of the lungs. An asthma attack usually begins with sudden fits of wheezing, coughing, or shortness of breath. But the attack may begin with slowly increasing signs of breathing difficulties as well. A feeling of chest tightness is also common. Asthma attacks can be triggered by a wide range of factors, including environmental pollutants, allergens (dust, animal dander, mold, pollen), respiratory infections, certain foods, or stress; also, certain vaccines can increase the risk of allergies (see also “Allergies”), including allergic asthma.

How NUCCA treatment can help

asthma and allergies; allerginsBecause the immune and respiratory systems are closely connected, it is common for asthma and allergies to occur together. Normal function of the immune and respiratory systems are controlled and coordinated through proper communication between the brain and spinal cord. More specifically, the autonomic nervous system (ANS) is a specific division within the body’s nervous system that is responsible for organizing the function of the organs, glands, and blood vessels. If the ANS becomes irritated because of a misalignment of the cervical spine, the immune response can be exaggerated, and respiration may be affected. This exaggerated immune response commonly occurs in asthma sufferers.

Specific imaging studies of the cervical (upper neck) region are taken to locate a misalignment of the vertebrae. Insight Millenium technology is used to scan and measure the nervous system for possible irritation. If a misalignment is found to affect the ANS, then very specific gentle adjustments are made, by hand, to correct the misaligned vertebrae in the neck. After the adjustment has been made, follow-up imaging studies and nervous system scans are taken to confirm a successful spinal correction.

Sources

American College of Allergy , Asthma, and Immunology Web site. Available at:http://www.allergy.meg.edu/patients/control/shtml. Accessed on March 6 , 2005.

Plaut, TF. Children With Asthma: A Manual for Parents. 2nd ed. Amherst , Mass: Pedipress, 1998.

Useful Links

  • American Lung Association 
    Nonprofit organization dedicated to research and education; offers useful information on asthma, allergy, and lung diseases.
    http://www.lungusa.org
  • American College of Allergy , Asthma & Immunology 
    Nonprofit organization news and information service; useful patient education materials.
    http://www.acaai.org
  • Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
    Nonprofit organization offering wealth of information on educational programs, research, advocacy, and support groups.
    http://www.aafa.org