Subluxations and the Respiratory System

The human body is a biological wonder of inter-connectivity. From a chiropractic perspective, the spine is a common denominator for many of the functioning systems of the body; in particular, it is a channel for the nervous system, facilitating signals to and from all parts of the body. But a lesser known relationship exists between the spine and the respiratory system. 

Consider the connection between the spine and respiratory system, whereby subluxation, or misalignment, of vertebrae in the neck can impact the functioning of the breathing muscles, creating asthmatic effects. Nerves exiting the spinal column between the third, fourth and fifth vertebrae of the neck make up the phrenic nerve, which aids the functioning of the diaphragm. When pressure is introduced to these nerves, through misalignment of the associated vertebrae, performance of the diaphragm is impaired and breathing is impacted. Accessory muscles to the diaphragm also require unhindered nerve flow to work optimally.

The respiratory system and spine share an intricate and intimate relationship. At Scorca Chiropractic Center, we help asthma sufferers by correcting physical abnormalities that may be contributing to poor respiratory system functioning. We correct subluxations in the cervical region with gentle adjustments, relieving pressure on the nerves and allowing the diaphragm to operate free of interference. Relaxing the neck muscles and relieving tightness from the chest cavity is another prerogative that can be achieved through adjustment and massage therapy. By restoring full nerve function, improvements to the respiratory system can be effected over time, reducing the severity and frequency of asthma attacks. Call our office in Fremont at  (510) 656-9077 or e-mail at [email protected].

Dr. Francis Scorca, D.C.

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