Your spine is very important because it protects your spinal cord. Your cord has nerves that branch out of an area called the Foramina. These nerves are then sent out to communicate with other areas of the body. Chiropractic doctors and other doctors have shown that nerves send signals throughout the body and communicate. If those nerves are impaired, those signals are impaired and have stressful effects on the areas they go out to. If those nerves are functioning well, so is the body.
In an Australian study of 15 patients with moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), five received soft tissue therapy, five received soft tissue plus spinal manipulation, and the remaining five received soft tissue therapy, manipulation and exercise. Lung function was measured before and at the end of four weeks. Those in the group that received all three treatments had better lung capacity and walked longer distances. Those who received manipulations had less gasping for breath and no one in the study experienced any negative side effects.
How does this happen? If the ribs and tissues don’t move properly, COPD will increase symptomatically. Allowing the body to move freely and provide blood flow to the nerves improves the symptoms and allows the body to heal. Manipulation of the spine is great for mobility and adding some soft tissue therapy will enhance motion and decrease muscle spasticity. This results in breathing better and less work on the muscles of the chest. Now the patient can breathe easier and relax the musculature.
Breathing is controlled by the brain stem. This stem is located right beneath the skull. Neurons are in the brain stem that send signals to the diaphragm and muscles in between the ribs. The neck bones call the cervical spine is involved in keeping these nerve roots safe and functioning properly. Bad posture, texting, sitting with head held down, sleeping in awkward positions can put stress on the muscles and nerves creating problems with the signals to the nerves that determine breathing rates, heart rate, muscle contraction etc. That is why it is key to have treatment to make sure these areas are free from stress and are working properly.
Chiropractic treatments enhance the body’s ability to work at its highest capability. Most chiropractors also know about nutrition, exercise and general lifestyle necessities that enhance health and vitality naturally.
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