Thursday, December 22, 2016

What is COPD? Are you at risk and can chiropractic help?

I have composed a series of articles discussing how chiropractic care can be incorporated in the treatment plan for a variety of different conditions.  Chiropractic adjustments, in addition to making you feel good due to freeing up irritation to the nervous system, can be an effective tool to assist in the management many different conditions.  Since your nervous system is involved in nearly every function in your body, having a healthy nervous system is essential to maintaining good health! I hope you enjoy this series! Please let me know if you would like to see other conditions discussed in the future!

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (also known as COPD) describes a set of respiratory conditions, the most common of which are Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis.  These conditions are commonly seen in individuals with a long history of smoking and can severely affect one's quality of life.  Both conditions involve difficulty breathing and usually require medical intervention, especially in the advanced stages.  Although chiropractic care will not cure chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, many patients find symptomatic relief by visiting a chiropractor.  Upon visiting the office, your chiropractor will conduct an examination to find out if you are a good candidate for chiropractic care, and what treatment plan will best suit your needs.  Your treatment plan may involve an adjustment of the thoracic (mid back) region of your spine, or your ribs.  Improving the motion in your rib cage may allow you to breath more easily and take in more air with each breath.  Since many patients with emphysema and bronchitis have trouble taking in enough oxygen, this could help improve your blood gases and provide some relief of your symptoms, making every day life a little bit easier.  Chiropractic care can also help improve other aspects of your daily life by improving the function of your joints, muscles, and nervous system.  For more ways in which chiropractic care can help improve your quality of life, be sure to check out the "Resources" tab at the top of the page.  Here you will find a number of other conditions for which chiropractic care may be of benefit, as well as more information on how our office may help you reach your health goals.  If you'd like more information on your unique condition, you may contact our office to schedule your free initial consultation with Dr. Fleming. 
Dr. Alesha Fleming
Natural Health and Wellness Chiropractic, LLC
Daytona Beach, FL
Dr. Fleming is a family chiropractor in Daytona Beach, Florida.  She is passionate about preventative health care and nutrition and enjoys empowering her patients to improve their health and fitness, one day at a time!

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