About 25 million adults and children in the United States have asthma. Although common, asthma attacks can be frightening and uncomfortable, so managing this condition is key to living a healthy, normal life. Many people don’t realize how interconnected their body’s various systems really are. Although asthma is a respiratory condition, the autonomic nervous system (ANS) can play a role in alleviating or exacerbating symptoms. Chiropractic care can help.
At Upper Cervical Chiropractic of New York, our chiropractor specializes in an advanced spinal correction technique called NUCCA, which can be used to treat asthma by restoring proper ANS function.
What Is Asthma?
Asthma is a chronic lung disorder. This long-standing condition is characterized by recurring attacks that cause sufferers to experience difficulty breathing.
During an asthma attack, airway muscles tighten, and the lining of the air passages swell. This restricted airflow in and out of the lungs causes a variety of symptoms. An asthma attack often begins with fits of coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath. These signs often escalate, and those experiencing an attack can encounter breathing difficulties and chest tightness, as well.
There are a wide variety of factors that can trigger an asthma attack, including:
- Allergies to pollen, dust, animal dander and mold
- Certain foods
- Chemical fumes
- Respiratory infections
Traditional Treatments for Asthma
Prevention is one of the cornerstones of asthma treatment, helping those who have asthma stop an attack before it starts. Traditional treatments for asthma usually involve preventive, long-term control medications, like inhaled corticosteroids and quick-relief inhalers in case of an asthma flare-up.
What Is an Upper Cervical Chiropractor?In addition to prevention and traditional treatments, many complementary treatments can help relieve asthma symptoms. One method is chiropractic manipulation, specifically upper cervical care for asthma. An upper cervical chiropractor, like Dr. George Gertner at UCC of New York, is a specialist who practices an advanced spinal correction technique known as NUCCA. Named after the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association, the NUCCA technique focuses on painless adjustments to the Atlas vertebra. By taking pressure off the nervous system and restoring the spine to its proper position, NUCCA helps the body return to a more natural, healthy state.
NUCCA for Asthma Relief
The immune and respiratory systems are closely linked. For example, many asthma flare-ups are caused by allergies. In order for the immune and respiratory systems to function normally, there must be proper communication between the brain and spinal cord, specifically the autonomic nervous system.
The ANS is the part of your body’s nervous system that regulates certain body processes, including organ, gland and blood vessel function. If the spine is misaligned, the ANS can become irritated and immune responses exaggerated. This means that your body’s reaction to allergens can lead to the intense immune responses commonly associated with asthma flare-ups.
Upper cervical care using the NUCCA technique can reduce or eliminate the spinal misalignments impacting the ANS, and a restored nervous system can greatly improve your asthma symptoms.
Contact UCC of New York for Asthma
If you struggle with asthma flare-ups or aggravating respiratory symptoms due to allergies, then it’s time to reach out to a NY chiropractor for asthma treatment. At our White Plains clinic, you’ll meet with our caring and professional chiropractor, who can guide you through the process of receiving upper cervical care for asthma.
Contact Upper Cervical Chiropractic of New York today to schedule your appointment.
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