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What is Asthma?
Asthma is a lung condition that causes the lining of the airways to become swollen and inflamed, and the surrounding muscles to constrict. When this happens, the airways narrow and breathing can become difficult.
Asthmatic attacks can vary in severity. Mild cases may cause discomfort and decrease a person’s ability to do certain activities at certain times, or under certain conditions. More serious cases of asthma can be debilitating, resulting in respiratory failure and in some cases, death.
Signs and Symptoms of Asthma
Most people learn they have specific triggers signaling that an attack is not too far behind. Asthma sufferers may notice their attacks can be triggered by one or more of the following: dust, smoke, pollution, pests, mold, chemicals, certain weather conditions, certain foods, certain medicines, or exercise.
Asthma symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, tightness in the chest, or excess mucus. If asthma is triggered by an allergy attack, it may be preceded by itchy eyes, a scratchy throat, a runny nose, or sneezing. Because asthma makes breathing difficult, it may cause fatigue or interfere with sufferers from getting a good night’s sleep.
If you experience an asthma attack that makes it difficult to talk and causes you to strain your chest muscles to breathe, seek immediate medical attention.
How the Upper Cervical Spine Affects Asthma
Many people and treatments for asthma focus on external triggers, and often the potential root cause of the problem goes overlooked. New research shows that an autonomic nerve imbalance plays a key role in asthma. This kind of imbalance is often due to a misalignment of the upper cervical spine.
The upper cervical spine consists of the seven top vertebrae that run from the base of the skull down the neck. This is where clusters of nerves travel to the body’s vital systems, delivering messages from the brain. A spinal misalignment can disrupt those signals and make people more susceptible to asthma triggers. It can also cause asthma attacks to be more severe if left untreated.
How Our Asthma Treatment Works
At Well Connected Chiropractic, we focus on the root of the problem by addressing any misalignments of the upper cervical spine. Dr. Elizabeth Hoefer specializes in the Blair Chiropractic Technique, a method that focuses on the health of the upper cervical spine.
At Dr. Hoefer’s office, we use advanced technological imaging to detect misalignments and customize your treatment based on your specific anatomy. We do not use the twists, cracks, and jerks associated with other chiropractic techniques; we pinpoint the problem and use precise, gentle corrections to realign the spine. Corrections are different for every patient because everybody is different.
Once the spine is realigned the body’s natural healing mechanisms will kick in to help heal and return the body to wellness. If asthma has been preventing you from doing the things you love to do, contact Dr. Hoefer today.
Dr. Hoefer services patients in Orange County, including Anaheim, Rancho Santa Margarita, Dana Point, San Clemente, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, and Santa Ana.