Young girl with asthma inhaler in search of a help

Giving Your Lungs a Break by Giving Your Spine Proper Curvature

If you’re one of the millions suffering from asthma or other respiratory conditions, you may think the only treatment available is medication. Inhalers and aero chambers are the common prescription for asthmatics. And while these products are essential for treating shortness of breath and asthma attacks, they’re no panacea for the condition.

Studies suggest it might be possible to do long-term good for your lungs by resetting your spine. The connection between the spinal column and a range of respiratory issues is well-documented, and these correlations are now being cross-referenced. The objective is to see if correcting subluxations (misalignments) in the vertebrae and maintaining proper spine curvature could be key to improving the chronic condition of asthmatics.

The spinal experts at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA are always watching the developments science has to offer. We understand the correlation that exists between the lungs and spine. Our goal is to always keep your spine in proper alignment, to reduce the stress and strain on other parts of your body, lung included.

The connections between lungs and spine

You may be surprised to learn that a range of respiratory system problems are often rooted in the spine. The nervous system is the center of control for breathing and airway constriction/dilation. Nervous system dysfunction is a very common complaint for asthma sufferers, which itself may be rooted in the thoracic spine (mid-back). It can result in symptoms or conditions such as:

  • Coughing;
  • Bronchitis;
  • Asthma;
  • Shortness of breath.

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Other parallels exist to connect lungs and spine as well. For example, a subluxation in vertebrae T1 can cause nerve compression. This results in the inability of nerve signals to travel from the brain throughout the body, including to the respiratory system. Subluxations in another thoracic spine vertebrae, T3, may be responsible for bronchitis, a severe respiratory problem. Nerve disruption and breathing issues consequently go hand in hand.

Looking beyond the lungs for relief

Inhalers can only do so much for an asthmatic, namely dilating the lungs to improve oxygenation during an asthma attack. Preventing these attacks often falls on the sufferer. Generally, this means shying away from intense exercise or heart rate elevating activities.

These are all solutions focused on the lungs, however. When the focus shifts to the spine and compressed nerves that may be affecting the lungs, chiropractic could hold answers.

By correcting subluxations through spinal adjustments, a chiropractor can restore damaged nerves, thereby allowing adequate supply of air to travel to the lungs and airways. Through regular chiropractic appointments, a patient may be able to ensure their spine stays in great shape, allowing the central nervous system to function unimpeded. Better nerve signals and blood flow to the lungs could mean avoiding asthma attacks altogether.

The future of asthma treatment?

It’s easy to simply take prescription or over-the-counter medications to manage asthma and chronic lung conditions. However, they only address what may be a symptom of a bigger problem. They help the lungs, but do nothing for the spine.

For a long-term, natural solution, chiropractic may soon be a recommended option. Studies have shown that chiropractic has resulted in a lessening of symptoms for up to 90% of asthma patients, with many reporting a reduction in medication consumption.

Stability Health Center is ready to help Seattle, WA patients breathe a little easier. Contact us today to learn more about our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach could help you better manage your asthma. We offer free consultations!

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.

Woman suffering from stress in need of help

Stress and Spinal Subluxations: A Vicious Cycle that Needs to be Broken

Our bodies are complex instruments and the connections between different parts of the body aren’t what you’d expect. In fact, the interconnectedness of the body is often hard to believe if you haven’t experienced it firsthand. For example, stress levels can be impacted by subluxations (misalignments) in the spine, and vice versa. Breaking this cycle is key to getting and staying healthy in the long run. And, it all starts with understanding how the many systems of the body work as a whole.

It’s daunting to attempt to understand the relationship your spine has with your stress level. Luckily, chiropractors are spinal experts. They make it easy to not only understand how your spine may be impacting your daily life, but to also take control of a situation that might be having negative effects.

The friendly and experienced team at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA wants to help you understand your spine. Moreover, we want to help you understand the link between spine health and stress, so you can live a happier, healthier daily life.

Understanding the impact of stress on the body

Stress is a normal, natural response of the body’s nervous system to any kind of threat. This reaction is what helped our ancestors avoid predators and survive. It’s part of our ‘fight or flight’ response. When the body is under stress, the heart beats faster and the senses are heightened.

Modern life, unfortunately, involves many potential stressors that can have a negative impact on health. More than just generating stress to help keep us alive, today our bodies are working overtime to keep us alert and engaged. This results in an overload of stress, caused by numerous factors such as:

  • Lack of sleep;
  • Long working hours;
  • Polluted environments;
  • Sedentary lifestyle;
  • Fear of economic insecurity.

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The stress cycle

The impact of stress is varied from person to person. Some people get hives and break out. Others become depressed. Some people develop musculoskeletal conditions and high blood pressure. Back and neck pain is common as well.

Some experts believe stress is a leading cause of back pain, which affects millions of American adults. It starts as a dull ache and becomes more pronounced over time, eventually becoming apparent as subluxations in the spine. This then results in pinched or compressed nerves.

When the nervous system isn’t functioning properly, the body generates even more stress. Ultimately, this creates a cycle of mental and physical pain that feeds back into itself.

Breaking the cycle

Stopping stress from causing back pain and back pain from generating more stress starts with a chiropractor. Correcting subluxations through targeted spinal adjustments is a direct way to intervene in the stress-pain cycle. Restoring spine health can work to lower stress, which, in turn, lowers the risk of generating tension and pain that causes more stress.

But chiropractic isn’t just about solving immediate problems. It’s also focused on preventative care, helping patients lead a less stressful lifestyle to stop future problems from occurring. From adopting a healthier diet to therapeutic massage and physical therapy, a chiropractor will discuss multiple treatment options tailored to specific stress-induced conditions.

Are you tired of the stress and back pain cycle? It’s time to work with the team at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll use Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to help tailor an adjustment schedule and wellness plan that tackles your unique spine and stress-related conditions.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.