Asthma affects more than 6 million children in the U.S. and no one really knows why. It’s thought that genetics play a role, as does early exposure to certain environmental factors, like cigarette smoke and pollutants.
One factor that doctors rarely consider, but should, is whether asthma — and other effects of a weakened immune system – are the result of something else that can be treated.
For example, all of the body’s nerves connect to the spine and radiate out into the body. An ongoing impingement on a nerve can cause health problems. Misalignment of the spine can cause multiple impingements, which can cause a general weakening of the body’s ability to fight off disease and heal.
There are various signs your child may have asthma, listed below.
- Wheezing upon exhalation
- Frequent coughs
- Regular bouts of shortness of breath
- Complaints of chest tightness, congestion or pain
- Interruption of sleep due to coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath
- Constant fatigue from poor sleep due to an inability to breathe
- Breathing difficulty when participating in sports or play activities
- Bouts of coughing or wheezing that get worse with a respiratory infection, such as a cold or the flu
- Delayed recovery or bronchitis after a respiratory infection
- …and the big one: a generally weak immune system
If your child exhibits these symptoms, take them to your pediatrician, who can prescribe medications and an inhaler that reduces inflammation and opens up the air passages. This kind of treatment manages asthma, which may or may not resolve itself as the child ages into adulthood.
If your child exhibits that last symptom – trouble breathing along with general difficulty fighting infections, or staying healthy, or a slew of allergies, consider bringing them to a chiropractor.
A misalignment in their spine might be contributing to – or outright causing – their asthma.
In that case, treatment might actually cure the problem, rather than manage it.
Just don’t expect your physician to tell you this.
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