Asthma, Allergies & Sinus Problems
Commonsense Chiropractic Care
Dr. Lee DeBlon
I understand that Chiropractic Care can help sinus problems.
Do you wake up with a stuffy nose, head and mucus in your throat? Do you feel as if you always have a cold? Do you have chronic postnasal drip? You may be suffering from sinusitis; the most common condition in the 18 - 25 age group.
When the sinus linings are inflamed, swollen and full of mucus; one has the condition know as sinusitis. This occurs when you have a cold and clears up when the cold ends as long as there is no blockage anywhere. This blockage can cause pain, headache, swelling around your eyes and ears, pain in your cheekbones, pain in your teeth or jaw, chills, fever, dizziness, sensitivity to light (photophobia), bad breath, a general crummy feeling and even depression.
The causes of sinusitis can be anything that irritates the sinus membranes such as dust, mold, pollen, fumes, virus’, bacteria and excessively dry air in homes and offices. Allergy sufferers often have symptoms from the allergens that they are exposed to causing irritation to their sinus passages. Sinusitis can also come from polyps, bone growths, facial injuries, deviated septum’s, tumors or diseases of the teeth.
When the usual medical approaches do not work and surgical drainage is being offered, one should consider Chiropractic Care. Chiropractic Care is not a treatment for sinus conditions, yet sufferers often find relief with Chiropractic Care.
How does Chiropractic Help??
Chiropractic relieves the stress on the nervous system and your body structures, which helps your body to function more efficiently and allows the drainage of your sinuses. If your body is working properly, your resistance to disease and sickness improves, and your reaction to dust, temperature changes, pollen and other irritants can lessen and stop altogether.
Chiropractic Care is usually the last approach tried instead of the first. Everyone needs a healthy spine and a properly working nervous system; to function better, to have improved resistance and to be more healthy overall.
If you have any further questions you may contact us by calling us in Lords Valley @775-6656 or in Honesdale @ 253-0904
How does Chiropractic Care help allergies?
Let’s review first how one’s immune system functions and how Chiropractic helps enhance a person’s immune system .
Millions of people suffer everyday from allergies and have received help and have improved with Chiropractic,…not because Chiropractic is an allergy treatment, but because Chiropractic allows your body to function at its best.
When your immune system is functioning at its best, it will recognize and destroy anything not supposed to be in you,…such as bacteria, virus’, dust, pollen, fungus, drugs and other irritants that don’t belong in your body. A healthy immune system means a higher resistance to disease and infection, a better ability to handle stress which leads to greater health.
Your immune system is affected by your nerves, hormones, the food you consume and the stress you’re exposed to. If functioning at less than optimum your immune system can fail to recognize invaders,…so infections can get out of control, overreactions to bee stings, penicillin, food and drugs can occur and the body can even attack itself. This self attack is called an “auto immune disorder”. The most common immune disorder is the allergic reaction to dust, pollen, dog or cat dander, milk, strawberries, peanuts and the list goes on including drugs.
So how does Chiropractic help? Chiropractic helps by removing the stress placed on the nervous system. This is done by removing blockages and allowing the nervous system to function more efficiently, …which allows the immune system to function more efficiently. The healthy body then is capable of neutralizing the invading toxins and return to normal. So Chiropractors correct the basic cause of body malfunction to improve the function of your immune system. During certain times of the year it might be needed to see a Chiropractor weekly to keep the allergies at a minimum and possibly controlled altogether. Maintaining your nervous and immune system makes the best sense and is the best approach.
CONCLUSION: Chiropractic….proven to be a safe, drugless natural way to good health for millions of people. For further information call the DeBlon Chiropractic Offices in Lords Valley @ 775-6656 or in Honesdale @ 253-0904.
What is asthma?
Asthma (also called essential asthma, bronchial asthma, and
atopic asthma) is a lung disease involving heightened
sensitivity to diverse stimuli and variable airway obstruction
that is reversible. It is a controllable ailment, but can be
seriously debilitating and even life threatening. There is no
cure for asthma. Your comfort and piece of mind depend on how
well you learn to live with it.
Asthma attacks can come suddenly or gradually, last for
minutes or go on for days. Muscles around the airway (bronchi,
bronchioles) contract, the lining of the airway swells due to
inflammation, excess mucus is released and clogs the airway.
Breathing becomes harder and harder. Asthma attacks are
episodes manifesting one of more characteristic symptoms, such
• shortness of breath
• wheezing on breathing out
• rapid breathing
• tightness in the chest
• itchiness in the chest and throat
Some individuals have "mild" asthma. They may be free of
symptoms much of the time, with coughing and wheezing episodes
once or twice a week. "Moderate" asthma involves attacks more
than twice a week. Some very unfortunate patients have
"severe" asthma, with daily bouts of coughing, wheezing, and
trouble breathing. Any asthma sufferer exposed to a
sufficiently powerful causative factor or combination of
asthma "triggers" can experience a severe, even
life-threatening, attack requiring emergency intervention.
What causes an asthma attack?
Things that people without asthma may not even notice can
cause distressing and dangerous narrowing of the airway of
someone with asthma. The list of environmental, behavioral,
emotional, or hereditary triggers that can cause asthma
attacks is long and varied:
Allergens (substances that cause allergic reactions):
• dust and dust mites
• tobacco smoke (or smoke from burning wood, leaves, paper,
• animal dander
• cockroaches and related insects
• chemicals and chemical fumes, including perfumes, room
deodorizers, paint, adhesives, and cleaning products
• outdoor air pollution (such as ozone and sulfur dioxide)
• NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as
aspirin, indomethacin, and ibuprofen)
• sulfites (commonly used as a preservative for processed
foods and beverages)
• some cooking odors
Getting chilled (especially due to changes in weather
involving exposure to very cold air)
Viral infections (colds and flu)
Crying, laughing, shouting
Heredity (some people inherit a predisposition to the
sensitivities that give rise to asthma)
Remember: not every item on this list triggers an asthma
attack in every person with asthma. Each individual has a
highly individualized set of triggers that he or she must
learn to recognize and avoid.
Who typically suffers from asthma?
Between 10 and 20 million people in North America have asthma
and the percentage of people with asthma has been increasing
in recent years. It is seen more often in children than
adults. Boys are twice as likely as girls to get asthma
between 3 and 8 years of age. Adolescents of both sexes are
equally affected. It is a principal cause of kids missing
school. Many outgrow it; some have it return later in life.
Fortunately, children with asthma respond very well to
What can chiropractic do?
Many chiropractors consider their role in caring for patients
with asthma, especially those subject to severe attacks, as
complementary to the medical management of the disease. They
do regular spinal adjustments to make asthma sufferers more
comfortable by helping relieve the muscle soreness and
discomfort that can develop during asthmatic flare-ups.
Chiropractic adjustments may help reduce the frequency and
severity of asthma attacks. The achievements of chiropractic
in promoting overall wellness, including enhancing the
patient's capacity to cope with chronic ailments, make
Chiropractors an important part of the health care team that
can help asthma patients live more normal lives, minimally
encumbered by this incurable, but controllable condition.
The principal goal of chiropractic is to reduce asthma
sufferers' need to rely on the many medications prescribed to
prevent and treat asthma. These medicines (or combinations of
medicines) can have many troublesome and even dangerous side
effects, including making patients increasingly dependent on
ever-larger doses. Preventing asthma attacks is the key to
living a normal life in spite of having asthma. In practical,
day-to-day, quality-of-life terms, stopping asthma attacks
before they start is better than taking medicines to stop the
attack and restore pre-attack normality.
Chiropractors have the knowledge to provide a highly
supportive program of "clinical ecology" to teach patients how
to identify and avoid the particular environmental factors or
irritants that cause their asthma attacks. Your Chiropractor
can help you pinpoint exactly which causes (see the list of
causes above) trigger your attacks and how to keep those
causes out of your life.
A Chiropractor can help you, or your child or other family
member with asthma, try to meet the Asthma Treatment Goals set
by the U.S. National Institutes of Health:
• To have the longest possible periods free of symptoms
• To sleep through the night without asthma symptoms
• Not to take time off from school or work because of asthma
• To participate fully in physical activities
• Not to have to visit an emergency rooms or stay in a
• To have little or no side effects from asthma medicines
• To live a normal life without having to accept asthma
symptoms as normal
For any questions concerning this article or to make an appointment for our FREE EXAMINATION and CONSULTATION, please call Denise or myself @ 253-0904 or 775-6656