Asthma, bronchitis and emphysema

An asthmatic attack

During an asthmatic attack the bronchi swell and contract and fill with mucus. People who suffer from asthma feel as though they are being strangled; they have difficulty in breathing and once their lungs eventually fill with air, the air gets trapped by the mucus so that they are hardly able to breathe out.


When suffering bronchitis, there is an increased level of mucus in the trachia and the bronchi. This causes a raking cough – the so-called “smoker’s cough”. The most common cause of bronchitis is smoking. Children with bronchitis commonly have parents who smoke.


Chronic emphysema is often associated with long-term smoking. Many of the smaller air pipes in the lungs (bronchioles) become constricted and the lung itself becomes damaged. Lung capacity can decrease to a quarter of its normal capacity.

With a reduced lung capacity, the blood receives less oxygen. This can cause an increase in blood pressure, and additional strain on the heart, putting the sufferer at risk of cardiac dysfunction or heart attack.

How can we help?

The primary aim of Chiropractic is to remove obstructions or stress on the nerves which regulate the wind pipe, bronchi and lungs.

Chriropractic treatment helps improve the functioning of the organs by restoring the nerve function, which in turn results in a symptomatic improvement in asthma and bronchial patients.

When the respiratory organs fail to function properly, Chiropractic can clinically improve various symptoms. It appears that chiropractic treatment may enlarge lung capacity. In asthma, the mechanical factor (an obstruction in the spinal column) is such a key factor that the symptoms will often continue until it has been rectified.

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