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What a Wheeze!

“Asthma is a chronic disease that can’t be cured but only controlled”

“In the United States, asthma cases have increased by more than 60 percent since the early 1980s, and asthma-related deaths have doubled to 5,000 a year. What is causing the asthma epidemic and what can we do to stem the tide, According to the American Chiropractic Association.”
So far researchers have not came up with a solution as to why the cases of asthma are increasing at an alarming rate. Their conclusion is non-hereditary factors such as increased environmental exposure to allergens. Decreased air quality which is coupled with the allergy-friendly modern house design, Food which is another source of exposure to allergens. Food manufacturers put more preservatives in foods now to make them last longer. Allergens are not the only culprit. Stress factors such as finding a new job, a new home may induce or aggravate asthma attacks. Even emotional expressions such as fear, anger, frustration, hard crying, or laughing can cause an attack as well.
When you have asthma the muscles in your lungs constrict and inflame. The constriction and inflammation narrow your airways, which cause symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. It can be a frustrating and stressful condition for children and adults alike, and while there is no cure, many people achieve moments of relief with inhalers, steroids and other prescription drugs.
If it will stop the pain, right? Wrong! There is actually a better alternative.
Chiropractic Care has shown that people who had asthma symptoms instantly felt relief after their chiropractic therapy. Vertebral Subluxation (misalignments of spinal bones that irritate nerves) in these areas of the spine can interfere with nerve supply to the lungs causing the lungs to function abnormally. A chiropractor would correct the subluxations, restoring proper nerve supply to the lungs, allowing the lungs to function optimally. A study published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research documented the results of 81 children with asthma who received chiropractic care. The two month study revealed that those under chiropractic care who reported asthma attacks before the study, saw a 45% decrease in the number of attacks, and that 31% of the subjects voluntarily chose to decrease their medication. All this occurred because of improved nervous system control of the lungs.


Live Longer, Stay Smarter, Sleep Better!!!!

As a preventive health-care specialist, Dr. Howard encourages patients to commit to regular physical exercise. However, due to today’s hectic lifestyles, many patients have difficulty squeezing a fitness program into their frenzied schedules. That’s why Dr. Howard suggests that busy patients take up jogging or power-walking. It’s cost free and requires no equipment except for good sneakers and about thirty minutes of your time daily. It’s perfect for business professionals and a carpool parent.

Walking and running may not only improve your life, but may also extend it. According to a published analysis of 4,658 Danish men, jogging on a regular basis may help you live longer. As part of the study, researchers looked at men who are enrolled in the ongoing Copenhagen City Heart Study. At the study’s onset, 217 subjects reported jogging on a regular basis. After five years, 96 of the original joggers were still at it — and 106 men had taken up the sport.

After controlling for factors such as such as smoking, weight, blood pressure, diabetes, household income, education, alcohol consumption and cholesterol level, the authors determined that persistent joggers were 63% less likely to die, compared with non-joggers, those who had discontinued jogging, or who had recently taken up the sport (British Medical Journal 2000;321:602-3). Scientific evidence also shows that walking can have a profound impact on your life expectancy. One study, which tracked 107 retired men for 12 years, found that, “the mortality rate among the men who walked less than one mile (1.6 km) per day was nearly twice that among those who walked more than two miles (3.2 km) per day.” (New England Journal of Medicine 1998:338:94-9.)

Are you tossing and turning all night? Walking and jogging daily may help you sleep more soundly, research has proven that walking or jogging fends off insomnia.  Not only will you be catching up on your z’s, but your mind will be in top shape. People who exercise regularly enjoy increased cognitive performance. Don’t worry and be happy, exercise will help you get through depression. By boosting your self esteem with self achievement.

Dodge diabetes walking and running have been shown to help cut the odds of diabetes in women After controlling for various risk factors of diabetes, researchers concluded that women who engaged in the highest levels of vigorous physical activity, such as jogging, cut their odds of developing type II diabetes by 46%, compared with non- exercisers. Women who engaged in moderate activities, including walking, enjoyed a 42% lower risk (Journal of the American Medical Association 1999;282:1433-9).

Before you hit the track come see your chiropractor it’s essential to treat yourself to a chiropractic evaluation. Doctors of chiropractic are prevention experts and, as such, can provide winning advice on how to ward off jogging or walking related injuries. This advice may include suggestions about proper footwear, stretching, nutrition, motivation, training programs and postural health.

Why is postural health so important for joggers and walkers? Because many sport’s injuries result from postural imbalances. Postural discrepancies in the back or hips may “jack up” one leg, causing a disproportionate amount of force on that leg’s knee and foot during jogging or walking, triggering injury. Often, misaligned spinal segments called vertebral subluxations are the root of these postural imbalances.

Doctors of chiropractic eliminate vertebral subluxations with gentie and effective maneuvers called chiropractic adjustments. Scientific research shows that chiropractic adjustments safely and effectively correct vertebral subluxations, in turn staving off the injuries associated with them.

So, before lacing up those new sneakers, follow the example of a growing number of professional and Olympic athletes who are enjoying increased performance and fewer injuries thanks to chiropractic care schedule an appointment for a chiropractic checkup today!


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