Asthma & Upper Cervical Care

Upper cervical care can indeed help with asthma. Your brain stem controls breathing. The delicate nerves in this area are in charge of health, well being and function of your lungs and bronchial tubes, and air passages. In asthma, the bronchial tubes constrict and breathing becomes very difficult for a person and there’s a lot of theories. However, the most recent research says the constriction of the bronchial tubes are neurologically related, and comes from your brain stem, which controls all vital functions — breathing, your heart, everything vital.

Misalignments and the Lungs

Any misalignment of your top vertebrae will choke off your brain stem and will cause an imbalance of the nervous system. When there’s an imbalance of the nervous system, the communication line to the lungs gets interrupted. When that’s interrupted, we get bronchial constriction or bronchial dilation — we get one or the other. An asthmatic has dilation, they don’t have such a hard time breathing but if your bronchial tubes are open big when they’re not supposed to be, that can also be a problem. There’s more air and more stuff getting into your lungs.

Bronchial Constriction

The bronchial constriction is an asthmatic problem. We want to restore normal balance to the upper cervical spine so that the bronchial tubes open and close when they’re supposed to. When you’re resting, the bronchial tubes constrict and when you’re exercising, your bronchial tubes dilate. If there’s a mis-communication, if there’s an atlas subluxation, it does the opposite. That’s the problem with asthmatics. Chiropractic care has helped numerous children and adults with asthma and they have gotten great results. I say that personally, I say that professionally. Upper cervical chiropractic care has a great effect on asthmatic suffers.

If you or someone you know suffers from asthma, please share this information with them.  You can also feel free to schedule and appointment with Discover Health and Wellness Northglenn.  We are happy to help you out!

5 Things You Must Do If You Have Seasonal Allergies

This is the time of year when any of you who suffer from allergies know the dread that’s coming. You want to go outside and enjoy the good weather but you know with that comes a face that feels like it’s going to explode, eyes are watering, constant sniffling, just misery and what options do you have?

You could stay indoors and you still deal with house and dust mites and miss out on the good weather; you can reach for over-the-counter drugs that might give temporary relief but don’t fix anything; or you can actually try and attack the problem. So here are the things we recommend you do and the more of them you do in combination, the better results you will get.

#1 Get A Neti-pot

Get a neti pot. Get those nasal and sinus cavities drained out as often as you can because the less irritants that you have up in there the less that your body will cause an allergic reaction to it.

#2 Get Apple Cider Vinegar

Get some apple cider vinegar, organic if possible, a spoonful of that with water every day will help calm down the histamine response and you can also really make your neti pot more powerful by adding a little bit of that vinegar to it. The other thing to note with the neti pot, use filtered or distilled water. The chemicals that are in tap water like fluoride and chlorine, they’ll actually cause an irritation to your immune system and make it kick in and work even harder which means a more over-the-top allergic response.

#3 Eat Quercitin

You want to eat as many foods as you can that contain a substance called quercitin: onions; green teas; citrus fruits; and cruciferous vegetables – the greens. Not only do they contain this they’re also great immune strengtheners anyway and avoid sugar because that decreases the immune response and basically any allergy reaction that you have it still comes back to the immune system – the stronger your immune system is the less it will go an over-the-top reaction. Also probiotics and vitamin D3 are huge for the immune system.

#4 Use Essential Oils

You can use some essential oils diffuse them around the house either eucalyptus oil or frankincense both have been proven to help a lot with killing house and dust mites but also helping your own body clear out those cavities. You can also put them on your body behind the ears you can put a very tiny bit under the nose, mix them with coconut oil and rub them on the chest. But you want to keep those diffusing 24-7 in the house.

#5 Get Adjusted

The last thing that we recommend go and get adjusted by your chiropractor. What a chiropractic adjustment will do is a number of things: it will boost your immune system’s response; it will help calm down the over response of the histamine and cortisol; but we can also do some release work through here to help open up those sinus cavities and get everything to drain a lot faster than what’s currently happening in your body. Please share this information with anyone you know that suffers from allergies, and be sure to contact Thornton Chiropractors to schedule an appointment!

Does Chiropractic Relieve Stress?

One of the things that my patient report to me is that one of the most profound effect a chiropractor has on them, is their ability to reduce their stress level and also recover from stress. Our cranium and our spine house our brain and spinal cord. And all of the spinal nerves that are exiting the spine, innervate every single organ and cell in our body. By adjusting the spine, when we find misalignment, restrictions or what we call subluxations, we’re able to profoundly restore normal nerve function. And this has a profound relaxing affect on the nervous system. I like to say that chiropractic care helps nervous system become more highly organized.

We noticed that there is a profound shift in the nervous system. Particularly in the automatic nervous system. The parts of the nervous system that functions without our constant awareness. The sympathetic nervous system our the fight or flight response that most people live in all day long, shifts after chiropractic care. And the power sympathetic nervous becomes more dominate. The power sympathetic nervous system is the part of the nervous system we would like to be more active.

It’s the part of the nervous system that controls the immune system and digestion. It tends to slow the heart rate and decrease blood pressure to normal. So it’s very important that we have a dynamic balance between these two nervous system. Chiropractic care is one of the most effective and profound ways I know to balance that nervous system. The other thing that’s really very powerful about chiropractic care is the kind of interaction you’ll have with your chiropractor. Really talking about what’s happening in your body. My patients report that when they go out into the world after their adjustment, their whole experience of life is very different. They feel very rested but they also feel alert. They fell calm and they’re really ready to take on the world.  If you would like to experience firsthand what it is like to get an adjustment, give us a call or contact Thornton Chiropractors for a consultation!

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Get Better Sleep This Spring

Spring is a time of growth and progress, but it is also a time for seasonal joint pain. Changes in temperature, humidity, and air pressure can affect your joints and cause you to feel pain, especially if you have prior injuries or arthritis. Plus, overlooked minor injuries from the winter ski season can quickly lead to chronic pain. Sleep is a necessity for injury recovery, pain management, and overall health, but it can be hard to rest if you have the wrong sleeping environment. Here are some ways to fall asleep faster this spring in order to better manage your pain:

Control the Humidity

Humidity rises slightly in springtime, especially with increased seasonal rainfall. A more humid environment makes it feel warmer than it actually is and can affect your ability to self-regulate your temperature at night. Managing your home’s humidity to about 30-50% can help prevent night sweats, congestion, and worsening of allergies. This can be accomplished with an air conditioner or a dehumidifier.

Take Control of Your Allergies and Asthma

Allergies can make it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep. Itchy eyes, sneezing, and trouble breathing are all symptoms that can prevent you from getting the rest that you need. Seasonal allergies and asthma can both be made worse by pollen in the air this spring. If you suffer from these conditions, discuss how to best manage your symptoms with your doctor, and consider chiropractic care for asthma. In addition to medication and treatment, reducing exposure to pollen and other allergens can drastically reduce symptoms and help your home feel more comfortable. Avoid opening your bedroom windows on high pollen days; you can check the pollen forecast on most weather websites. Keeping your home clean will also make a big impact on your symptoms, and therefore, your sleep. Taking a shower after coming inside, using an air purifier, and changing your clothes before sitting or lying in bed can all make a difference. Allergens will accumulate on soft surfaces in your bedroom, so use a pillow that you can wash and vacuum surfaces that you can’t, such as couch cushions.

Get a Massage

Massage therapy is a great way to relax, reduce pain, and decrease stress. Many people report that they get more restful sleep after getting a massage. The benefits are both physical and psychological. Whether it is once in a while or as part of a larger treatment plan, consider finding a massage therapist to help bring you into spring the right way and help you get a better night’s sleep.

Give your body the rest it needs this spring by setting up an ideal sleeping environment and managing chronic pain. Don’t ignore injuries from winter – get ahead of your pain and enjoy the season of wellness. Contact Thornton Chiropractors to schedule an appointment today!