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Most likely, someone you know well suffers from asthma or difficulty in breathing.  


While breathing, your body takes in air which passes through the nose, the windpipe and the bronchi. It is then filtered, purified, cleansed, warmed and humidified before it enters your lungs. This all happens under the guidance of the nervous system.

In children and adults who have asthma, the small tubes in the lungs, called bronchioles, become inflamed and irritated. They then contract and even spasm and produce mucus which can plug up the breathing passages. The victim literally gasps for air. These “attacks” can last minutes or hours and can persist for a lifetime.

Allergies, stress, pollen or pollution can bring on life-threatening attacks. These children and adults are condemned to a life of bronchodilators (inhalers), drugs and steroids to name a few – all of which have serious side effects. The side effects can be immediate or develop over a lifetime of chronic drug use. I have been fortunate to help children and adults with asthma for years through chiropractic care.

One example is a wonderful woman named Ann. Ann was 51 years old when I first met her. She came to our office having heard from a friend that we could help her be free of the debilitating migraine headaches that she had been suffering from. After gathering information through x-rays, scan, and neurological testing at Ann’s initial appointment it was clear that there were a number of serious issues with Ann’s Cervical and Thorasic spine. I created a plan of treatment tailored to Ann’s needs. Ann was a great and committed patient. She followed the battle plan that I had laid out for her very well. As spring rolled in that year, Ann mentioned to me that her medical doctor did not feel she needed the extra boost in her “shots” this season since she had not had any asthma attacks or other allergy related symptoms in a few months. Ahhhhaaa. Here was my opportunity to bring to life all the chiropractic chatter that I had been telling Ann for months!

I reminded Ann of how chiropractic care works. How the spine is the house for our nervous system. How our nervous system controls every operation in our body. How if the spinal bones (vertebrae) are out of place they will squeeze on the nervous system so that it cannot tell specific organs, glands or systems how to operate optimally. I reviewed how if there are subluxations (bones out of place) in the Thorasic area of the spine it will directly affecting the ability of the nervous system to communicate to the lungs. Then I casually took her to the x-ray room, (though I was brewing with excitement to see yet another patient truly understand what chiropractic is all about!) I showed Ann her x-rays. First I showed her the x-ray we took on her first visit to our office. She could see that indeed she did have subluxations at C1, C2, and C3. Clearly the respiratory centers here were affected. Just as clearly evident were the subluxation at T1, T2, and T3. This is the area with nerves that affect the lungs and bronchia. I also showed her a more recent x-ray of her spine which showed all these vertebrae progressing back to their rightful healthy position!

Ann looked at me with eyes popped wide open as well as a gaping mouth. “Wow” was all she could muster at that time. I absolutely love those “Wow” moments. But this story gets better. By the 6 month marker in her treatment plan, Ann told me that she was no longer taking any asthma or allergy medication. Her medical doctor had written her a clean bill of health!  After 40 Years…that’s right 40 years of medication to control her asthma she was finally free.

The body is a self-healing, self-regulating organism. As long as the nervous system is allowed to function with no interference, the body should function normally. Often, however, some of the vertebrae of the spine become subluxated (moved out of place), affecting the way the nervous system controls body functions. By correcting these subluxations,chiropractors eliminate interference to the nervous system, allowing normal function.

– Dr. Jim Schaffer

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