Asthma and children - a growing problem

Tue, 09/26/2006 - 3:16pm
By: The Citizen

It’s not news that the incidence of asthma among children is on the rise.

In fact, asthma is now the most common chronic disease of childhood. It’s characterized by breathlessness that begins with a dry cough and chest tightness and can progress into labored breathing and wheezing. Mild cases cause only a short period of these symptoms but when the situation is severe, symptoms can last for a while and every second brings terror for both child and parents.

What is news and of interest to parents of asthmatic children is that chiropractic care is an effective, non-pharmaceutical way to successfully treat this condition. Very often children with asthma have neck and upper back spinal restrictions (subluxations) that can either cause or at the very least add to the severity of the symptoms they experience. Spinal adjustments work to balance the nervous system so lung function is improved, the immune system can ward off attacks more effectively, and the involved muscles relax to allow the lungs to work more easily and effectively.
Research into this topic has shown the following results:

• Children using chiropractic care rather than allopathic medicine have the same decrease of symptoms and attacks and without the side effects of medication.

• Children using chiropractic care can reduce their required medication by 47%.

*Chiropractic care can increase peak flow rate and vital capacity after only three treatments.

• Many parents were able to voluntarily reduce their child’s medication dosages due to diminished attacks.

Based on this research, I urge parents of children with asthma to investigate and add chiropractic treatment to your child’s care plan.

It may be just the ticket to better health and peace of mind for you and your child.

By Dr. Marilyn Durden

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