Asthma, Allergies & Sinus Problems

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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
                  as:
                    • shortness of breath
                    • wheezing on breathing out
                    • coughing
                    • 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
                    • pollen
                    • grass
                    • mold
                    • tobacco smoke (or smoke from burning wood, leaves, paper,
                    etc.)
                    • animal dander
                    • feathers
                    • 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
                  Exercise
                  Getting chilled (especially due to changes in weather
                  involving exposure to very cold air)
                  Viral infections (colds and flu)
                  Stress
                  Crying, laughing, shouting
                  Acid reflux
                  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
                  chiropractic treatment.
                 
    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
                    hospital
                    • 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