Here’s something that may take your breath away: Chiropractic treatment has been known to treat breathing problems. Obviously if there’s one thing we do minute after minute and day in and day out is breathe — and we don’t even give it a second thought.
Now take a deep breath and follow my train of thought because it makes perfect sense and what’s more it may be just the thing for you.
One area that quite a few chiropractic patients have in common is lower and upper back pain and chronic neck pain. These same ailments that cause so much discomfort also contribute to poor posture which directly or indirectly can impact an individual’s ability to breathe.
In fact, an article on ChiroAccess.com comments that one of the first signs many chiropractors discover while examining patients with chronic back or neck pain is poor breathing.
It only follows that the more restrictions you place on your breathing the harder it becomes. So why set yourself up by slouching in your chair or on the couch and impeding your lung capacity by being overweight or not following a healthy diet?
In With the Good Air
Oddly enough, research has shown that these ailments can cross-pollinate: Poor posture and chronic upper and lower back pain can cause breathing issues and poor breathing can further aggravate those same problems.
Explains Health Doctrine, “This not only confines your oxygen intake but also puts added stress on the smaller muscles in your upper body to do the job of what the diaphragm should be doing.” As a result, a person’s core muscles (found in the abdomen, back and hips) get thrown out of rhythm and are set up for any number of health-related issues including back pain, tension and headaches.
Chiropractic treatment which focuses on benefits of good posture and a healthy spine among other things creates a healthier foundation for individuals who seek treatment. In short: Regular treatment translates to a healthier life and frame of mind.
Exercise and Chiropractic Treatment
Among others, one study in particular (and reported in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics) focused on a four-week program that measured lung capacity in “Exercise only” vs. “Chiropractic care” test groups and discovered that “The exercise-only group showed a drop in lung function while the chiropractic care-only group showed a significant increase in lung function. But the group that had chiropractic care and exercise also showed a boost in lung function.” Thus the conclusion appeared to be that chiropractic care may increase the respiratory function of normal individuals.
Breathing better is only one of the many benefits to be gained by chiropractic treatment but you won’t know if you don’t go. Speak with the staff at The Joint in Friendly Center for a professional assessment of what ails you and what needs to be done so you can stay on your feet and enjoy life!
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