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Asthma, bronchitis and emphysema

An image showing a woman who is blowing her nose. Sinus pain and disease is linked to conditions such as Asthma, Bronchitis and Emphysema.

An asthmatic attack

During an asthmatic attack, the bronchi swell, cramp and fill with mucus. People who suffer from asthma feel as if they are being strangled; they have difficulty breathing and when their lungs finally fill with air, the air is often trapped behind the mucus so that they can barely breathe out!

An asthmatic attack can last from a few minutes to a few hours and the differences in severity are great. In some patients, the battle of wheezing, panting and gasping for breath continues uninterrupted, to a greater or lesser extent. In people who have suffered from asthma for a long time, it is triggered by various allergic reactions, but also by emotional stress, physical exertion or irritations, such as cigarette smoke.

In the past, asthma was never a disease from which people died: medical folk wisdom said that children did not die of asthma. However, since 1960, asthma deaths in young people have been recorded. Asthma is now one of the leading chronic diseases among children.

How is this possible? It is a mystery to many scientists, but the increase is associated with childhood vaccinations.


In bronchitis, there is an increased secretion of mucus into the trachea and bronchial tubes, which causes a mucousy cough, also known as smoker’s cough. We also call this cough smoker’s cough, because cigarette smoking is the most important cause of this condition. In non-smoking adults, bronchitis is rare and usually associated with an allergy. (Bronchitis is most common in children whose parents smoke). The stage of smokers’ cough is known as simple chronic bronchitis.

It may develop into chronic bronchitis or chronic obstructive bronchitis.


Emphysema is often associated with years of smoking. Many of the finer bronchial branches (bronchiolus) become obstructed and the lung itself is affected. Lung capacity decreases, to less than a quarter of normal. With a reduced lung capacity, the blood receives less oxygen, which can lead to increased blood pressure. This leads to an overload of the right side of the heart, which can cause a heart attack or cardiac arrhythmia.

People with chronic emphysema may suffer from severe breathlessness (hypoxia) and excess carbon dioxide in the blood (hypercapnia) for years. These conditions cause lethargy, muscle weakness, weakening of mental functions and, in very severe cases, slow death.

The traditional medical approach

The standard medical approach has no cure for asthma, bronchitis or emphysema. Patients are told to avoid physical and emotional irritations and temporary relief is provided by cortisone and bronchodilator inhalers. These drugs can have serious side effects and be addictive.

Unfortunately, frequent use of an asthma medication (Beta agonist and Theophylline), is associated with an increased risk of death from the disease.

Although not the easiest advice to follow, quitting smoking is best for people with chronic bronchitis. For certain types of bronchitis, antibiotic treatment may be prescribed.

Treatments for emphysema include removing irritants, treating the infection, bronchial dilators, humidifying the air to be breathed, oxygen therapy and removal of obstructive tissue.

Many people with a respiratory ailment feel condemned to medication for a lifetime, without ever getting rid of the condition.

The chiropractic approach

The primary do! of chiropractic is to remove blockages or nerve stress. Chiropractors take care of the person with the disease, rather than the disease in the person.

A Chiropractor will correct the central nervous system and vertebral blockages. The chiropractic treatments improve the function of the organs, by restoring the nerve function, which in turn results in symptomatic improvement in asthma and bronchitis patients.

In the various studies, scientists found that chiropractic treatments stimulate the respiratory organs and the mobility of the chest more than the conventional medical treatments with drugs such as cortisone and bronchial dilators. Various symptoms, in case of an abnormally functioning respiratory organ, can improve clinically with chiropractic care.

Nerve control

The primary muscle for breathing is called diaphragm. The diaphragmatic nerve (C3, C4, C5 neck nerve) stimulates the diaphragm. If the nerve supply is blocked, for example by a blockage in the neck, the diaphragm weakens and breathing becomes difficult. Additional muscles such as the sternocleidomastoid (which runs from the sternum to the neck), trapezius (monk’s hood muscle), scalenus (the four oblique neck muscles) and pectorals (chest muscles) come into play to assist the diaphragm during periods of great effort, exercise or during severe breathing problems and illnesses. All these muscles need nerve supply to function.

Blocks to the normal nerve supply can cause an imbalance in the muscles, which can lead to a weaker respiratory system. Restoring the nerve supply by correcting a blockage in the vertebrae not only improves muscle strength, but also general body functions.


There is extensive documentation on the strong connection between the spine, the central nervous system and the respiratory organs. As early as 1921, H. Winsor, a physician, performed an autopsy on seventy people with respiratory complaints and found an abnormality in the spinal column in all seventy cases. An interesting study revealed that among the children treated by a chiropractor a much lower number suffered from asthma than among the children treated by a paediatrician.

In a study of adults with respiratory problems, it appeared that the lung capacity increased after a number of chiropractic treatments. A famous scientist wrote:

In asthma, the mechanical factor (a blockage in the spine) is so important that the symptoms persist until this mechanical factor is corrected. A later study of one hundred and eighty-five men and eighty-seven women showed that chiropractic care improved the function of the respiratory organs. In a study of patients suffering from a lung disease (including bronchitis and emphysema), it was shown that in ninety per cent of the patients an improvement was achieved after chiropractic care. In another study, Science Press found that chiropractic care achieved better results in respiratory function and chest mobility than conventional medical approaches, such as cortisone and bronchial dilators.

The conclusion

People with asthma, bronchitis, emphysema or other chronic lung diseases must ensure that their lungs and bronchi have uninterrupted nerve communication with the spinal column.

Chiropractic care can rid people of spinal nerve stress, so they are not doomed to a lifetime of medication for their “incurable” condition.

Asthma, bronchitis and emphysema | De Ruggesteun | Chiropractor Den Haag


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