Breathing Easy Past Asthma

“Mom I’m having trouble breathing.” This is not something any parent wants to hear.  Asthma is one of America’s fast growing chronic health conditions.  In the US alone there are more than 15 million cases of asthma. Asthma is also the #1 cause of childhood hospitalizations. While the cause of asthma is not fully known, what is known is that asthma cases have doubled since 1994.  With new research coming out that traditional medical care for asthma may be making the problem worse, many doctors and concerned parents are turning to Chiropractic.

What is asthma? Asthma is defined as “A respiratory condition marked by spasms in the bronchi of the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing, usually resulting from an allergic reaction.” Essentially the vessels in the lungs that are used to take in oxygen are swelled and closed off.  In essence, the body is choking from the inside.

What causes asthma? While the cause is not well known it is believed to be a combination of factors including genetics and contact with allergens in the environment.  While genetics and environmental allergens do play a role, the body’s response   is regulated by the nervous system.  Interference to the nervous system may cause asthma or make it worse.   Breathing is controlled by the brain which sends signals through the spine and into muscle in the lungs. A disturbance to the nerves from the brain to the lungs can cause the lungs to contract inappropriately, contributing to symptoms of asthma.

A chiropractor is specially trained to look for areas of the spine that are not working correctly. This is called a Subluxation. When a subluxation is located and analyzed then a chiropractor may gently adjust the spine and restore proper function.   Although some cases of asthma will not respond to chiropractic care the majority of cases have a shown a benefit. Research has shown that chiropractic is effective regarding asthma is over 76% of cases.  Additional research from The Chiropractic Research Journal concluded that children under chiropractic care enjoyed less ear infections, less asthma, fewer allergies and fewer cases of tonsillitis.

Here are some nutrition and supplemental changes to consider regarding asthma.  For more information please visit

Vitamin D– Vitamin D has health benefits beyond strong bones.  It is a vital nutrient to building a stronger immune system.   Patients who experience asthma often are deficient in vitamin D.

Exercise with sunlight– Patients who exercise on a regular basis have been shown to increase maximum ventilation and maximum heart rate. Sunlight is a natural means of producing vitamin D.

Breast milk– For mothers who want children with a lower incidence of allergies and asthma, breast feeding is a must. Breast feeding essentially gives the infant the mother’s immune system.

Omega 3 fish oil– Omega 3 fish oil is useful for restoring the proper balance of omega 3 to omega 6. Diets that are higher in Omega 3 fish oil have been shown to have less incidence of asthma.

Avoid dairy– Dairy in almost all cases except for raw milk aggravates symptoms of asthma. Avoid dairy if possible.

Butterbur– Butterbur is a naturally occurring plant that has been shown to decrease the symptoms of asthma.


Platinum Chiropractic 

Serving the greater Grand Rapids area; Standale, Walker, Wyoming, and Grandville

Grand Rapids, MI 49534


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