Many of the products marketed for cold and symptom relief often results in increased duration of the illness despite fewer symptoms. This can leave patients confused and wondering what they can do to get healthier despite the cold. The first step to getting healthier is to make sure your nervous system is functioning properly.
1. Does chiropractic help with coughing?
Chiropractic is not a treatment to stop coughing but it does help many other problems associated with coughing such as: difficulty breathing, nasal congestion, and decreased immune system.
2. How does chiropractic help with difficulty breathing?
The posture of someone who is coughing significantly decreases lung capacity, correction of structural problems in the spine allows for improved breathing and relaxed muscle tone.
3. How does chiropractic stimulate the immune system?
Chiropractic care changed the input in the spinal column from the spine to the brain. The new input takes the brain from a fight or flight state (sympathetic nervous system dominant) to a rest and digest state (parasympathetic nervous system dominant) .
4. Does chiropractic care help with nasal and sinus congestion?
The tissues in the nasal passage and sinus cavity respond to nerves coming out of the top of the neck. Correction of structural problems in the neck often results in increased drainage from the nose allowing for improved breathing and decreased irritation.
Corrective chiropractic care restores proper function to the body and is not a treatment for specific symptoms.
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