Acute bronchitis refers simply to inflammation of the trachea or bronchial tree. The cause is usually infectious, but allergens and irritants can produce a similar clinical picture. The most common infectious agent is typically a virus. That’s why antibiotics are ineffective. However, over 80% of bronchitis patients are prescribed antibiotics. It is estimated by the National Center for Health Statistics that 5% of the U.S. population experiences bronchitis each year.
Instead of taking ineffective drugs that bring potentially serious side effects doesn’t it make sense to do things to improve your immune system? With a healthy immune system your body has the ability to fight off the virus. This is why chiropractic has been shown to be effective in helping people who suffer from bronchitis. Chiropractic research indicates that people under chiropractic care have immune systems that perform better.
The lungs and bronchi have an extensive supply of nerves that communicate with them. What would happen if the nerve supply was interfered with communicating with the lungs and bronchi? It may lead to respiratory problems, bronchitis or respiratory infections. Several studies demonstrate the effectiveness of chiropractic care and improved respiratory function, breathing difficulty and bronchitis.
A comparison of the effect of chiropractic treatment on respiratory function in patients with respiratory distress symptoms and patients without. Hvlid, Bulletin of the European Chiropractic Union, 1978.
Treatment of visceral disorders by manipulation therapy. Miller, Goldstein, The Research Status of Spinal Manipulation Therapy, Bethesda Dept. HEW 1975.
Somatic Dyspnea and orthopedics of respiration. Masarsky, Weber, Chiropractic Technique, 1991.
Chiropractic and lung volumes. Masarsky, Weber, ACA Journal 1986.
Chiropractic management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Masarsky, Weber, JMPT 1988.
Lung function in relation to thoracic spinal mobility and kyphosis. Mellin, Hagula, Scand, Rehab. Med., 1987.