Respiratory Infections And Chiropractic
Chronic bronchitis, upper respiratory infections, asthma, are just a handful of some of the airway breathing disorders that inhibit our quality of life. Respiratory disorders vary for each individual and are usually categorized into upper and lower respiratory conditions. The most common upper respiratory tract infection that we encounter is the common cold, which directly effects the nose, throat and surrounding passages. Lower respiratory infections that we commonly hear of are pneumonia and bronchitis. Without going into to much detail, upper and lower infections are still respiratory disorders. When we encounter a respiratory infection our body is susceptible due to our immune system not properly functioning. Respiratory infections though distressful at times are a way that your body tells you something is happening. Respiratory infections should occur for a short period of time and your immune system should be able to prevail and get stronger from it. Chronic, reoccurring infections is a compromised immune system that is not on the path to healing but rather in a constant state of survival.
When a respiratory infection occurs we often give superficial band-aids that cover up the symptoms we are expressing. We have a tendency to neglect the immune system and the reason we are susceptible. Chiropractic enters the picture because it focus on the nerve system that specifically controls and regulates every experience you have in life. The nerve system is in direct control of your immune system and how it operates. Chiropractic does not just focus on the upper or lower respiratory tracts specifically, it utilizes a full body approach that begins with the nerve. Nerve system dysfunction likely plays a role in chronic upper airway inflammatory disease (Otolaryngol Head & Neck Surgery Journal). Nerve dysfunction is categorized in chiropractic as a subluxation. A subluxation places undo stress upon a nerve limiting it’s communication to and from the brain, creating an entire central nerve system dysfunction. Thus chronic and reoccurring respiratory infections. Specific chiropractic adjustments relieve stress upon the nerve allowing proper function and more importantly immune system function to be re-established.