Managing COPD Naturally

Posted on Oct 4, 2020

How’s your breathing? If you’ve been experiencing shortness of breath, chest tightening, coughing and/or wheezing, you may have a condition that falls under the umbrella term of “COPD,” aka Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Those with COPD might have asthma, chronic bronchitis, or emphysema. No matter what your problem is called, one thing’s for sure: having trouble breathing can make for difficult days.

For those with breathing disorders, consider chiropractic care. A chiropractor can help improve your body mechanics, allowing for increased chest expansion and flexibility. In other words, chiropractic adjustments can help you breathe better. If and when your lungs have more movement, they can take in more air. Chiropractic care improves lung function and also allows people to increase their exercise performance.

If you or someone you know has lung disease, what are some treatment options? Medications and lung transplants are options, but if you don’t want to be on pills and you don’t want to go under the knife in a surgery, consider chiropractic treatments as an alternative. Studies have been conducted on people with lung disease to see what helped most… and those who combined soft tissue therapy, manipulation and exercise did the best. They were able to walk longer distances with better lung capacity.

Basically, chest wall impairment is a factor in the prognosis of COPD and/or lung disease. A chiropractor works to reduce this impairment. Visiting a chiropractor can result in increased joint mobility and decreased muscle tension. These two things can contribute to reducing chest wall rigidity– and then a person can breathe easier.

If you want to naturally improve your lungs, don’t smoke… or stop smoking. In addition, take deeper breaths, exercise in order to breathe harder on occasion, and avoid exposure to pollutants as best you can. Sometimes, despite all your best efforts, you still develop breathing problems.

In Forest Lake, MN, people with breathing issues should make an appointment to see Dr. Gerard and staff at Lakewoods Chiropractic. Please call 651-464-0800 or email [email protected] for more information.

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