Asthma is a common and sometimes debilitating chronic respiratory disorder that makes it difficult to breathe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some 24 million Americans suffer from asthma, 6.3 million of whom are under the age of 18. Asthma is the number one chronic disease among children and one of the leading reasons for missed days of school. Asthma sufferers may also experience wheezing, tightness in the chest, and coughing, as well as a susceptibility to infections.
During an asthma attack, the airways narrow as a result of inflammation within the lining of the airways. Muscles around the airways tighten, making the swollen airway even smaller. This causes shortness of breath, cough, and wheezing. These reactions may be triggered by an environmental substance such as pollen or dust mites, a specific food, like wheat or dairy, or fatigue or physical exertion.
Conventional medicine treats asthma by masking symptoms with medication. However, as dedicated experts in osteopathic medicine, the physicians at Bay Area Osteopathic address the underlying neurologic, immunologic, and structural causes of the condition. Osteopathic treatment for asthma, or any issue, begins with an examination of the patient’s whole body. Osteopaths understand that the body’s functions are all inherently linked. When it comes to asthma, special attention is paid to the area where the head and the neck meet, where the parasympathetic nervous system is frequently impinged. Asthma sufferers have overactive parasympathetic nervous systems. Through osteopathic manipulative techniques, the Bay Area Osteopathic team balance the patient’s nervous system. They also focus osteopathic manipulation on the upper (or thoracic) back, the ribs, and the diaphragm. This helps relax respiratory muscles, improve lymphatic drainage, and relieve congestion in the lungs, sinuses, and air passages in the chest. In short, osteopathic manipulative medicine aims to decrease the amount of work the body has to do to breathe. They then apply the principles of functional medicine, which seeks to find what the body is lacking that made the patient susceptible in the first place and reverse that deficiency with nutrition and natural supplements to reduce the severity of the disease. Medication can be prescribed but is only used if all other choices are not sufficient.
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