What is COPD?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is extremely prevalent, affecting nearly 330 million people worldwide. Furthermore, it can be very debilitating. COPD can result in shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightening, as well as frequent coughing. COPD is an umbrella term that includes conditions such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. Asthma typically affects younger children, while emphysema and chronic bronchitis typically affects older adults. This condition can make everyday tasks difficult due to shortness of breath. Imagine a small child not wanting to playing outside for fear of an asthma attack. Imagine an adult having anxiety over forgetting an inhaler at home.

COPD and Lung Function Improved with Chiropractic

Typical medical intervention recommends medications for these breathing disorders, but they also carry great side effects. Also, while they may treat the symptoms, they don’t necessarily fix the root cause. In other words, they don’t change the structural cause of WHY the patient couldn’t breathe in the first place. Chiropractic may be a great option for these sufferers. A 2015 systematic review on the effects of chiropractic care on COPD, indicated that chiropractic adjustments may improve breathing mechanics. In addition, it may allow for increased chest expansion and flexibility. As the lungs begin to have more movement, they’re able to take in more air. The review stated that “5 of the 6 studies demonstrated improved lung function as well as increased exercise performance.” What an incredible way to help someone breathe better!

COPD Emphysema Asthma

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Source: Wearing J, Beaumont S, Forbes D, Brown B, Engel R. The Use of Spinal Manipulative Therapy in the Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Systematic Review. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2015 (December 24)