Upper Cervical Chiropractic care improves the function of the nervous system and helps improve the immune system. We see great improvement in many patients who come to us suffering with allergies and asthma.

People may not realize that chiropractic care can improve asthma. How does it help?

Dr. F.J. Schofield: Well, you want to understand what asthma is first – what is going on. Asthma is difficulty breathing and what’s happening is the bronchioles are constricting unnecessarily so these parts of the lungs are constricting making it hard for air to go through the lungs. Why is that happening? What controls the bronchioles is the nervous system, the central nervous system. Those nerves primarily come out of the upper neck. The parasympathetic nerves go to the bronchioles, go to these little pathways in the lungs and then they cause them to relax or open up and then you can breathe. Typically, as you start exercise, some of these things will open up and allow more air through so you can exercise or you can do a more difficult task, but what happens when the message is from neck, the upper spinal cord don’t get to those bronchioles, those little pathways, they don’t open up. So then you start running and all of a sudden these things don’t allow more oxygen through and it becomes very, very difficult to breathe.

You want to get to the underlying cause, which is looking at upper neck alignment. Number one is the neck out of alignment, putting pressure on the upper spinal cord. This is where Upper Cervical Chiropractic is fantastic. By specifically correcting the atlas, the upper neck, you take pressure off those nerves so now when the kid or the adult starts to exercise, those messages get through the bronchioles, the pathways open up, the oxygen moves and the asthma disappears.

Are there different solutions for different types of allergies?

Dr. F.J. Schofield: With allergies, yes, there such things as food sensitivities or food allergies that many times are not going to be changed. A large part of the population is allergic to milk, a large part of the population is allergic to gluten, and that, many times, will never change. Your body just cannot process those foods. A food allergy test or a food sensitivity test where they take blood is a nice thing to do for people who are having a lot of issues, allergies or whatever, and there’s really no explanation. Sometimes, your body just can’t process pineapples or eggs or strawberries. Sometimes, it’s these really random different foods.

That is a legit allergy that will never change many times. But lots of times with the common seasonal allergies, what’s happening is you have a weak immune system. A weak immune system is going to be overactive and so it’s going to start looking at pollen, dirt, dust and perceiving dust which is not a harmful substance like it’s harmful. It’s harmless, and it’s perceiving it like it’s harmful. Then you respond with an immune reaction. Your body starts secreting mucus. Mucus is designed to catch bacteria and viruses and get them out of your body so it’s responding with that even though it’s dust or pollen or something that is harmless.

What you want to do is then strengthen the immune system. You can do that in a lot of different ways. One, Upper Cervical Chiropractic care is going to improve the nervous system, the nervous system in a large part controls the immune system. Number two, digestion. Probiotics, chlorella, apple cider vinegar, different things to improve digestion will also boost the immune system and over time, you’ll see those allergies improve or disappear because your immune system is getting stronger and not overreacting.

Are there long-term solutions or should routine check-ups be needed?

Dr. F.J. Schofield: What happens with Upper Cervical Chiropractic, it is corrective. We take x-rays afterwards to make sure we fixed the problem, but no one will hold a correction forever. Sometimes sleeping on your belly may cause the neck to go out or a fall or if you’re under tremendous amounts of street.

So, yes, routine check-ups are necessarily to make sure you’re holding your correction in. Corrective body, if it goes back out, but once you’ve been in alignment for a while, you respond much faster, you feel much better. Lots of times, the routine check-ups are a few and far between. I see a lot of patients once every eight, twelve weeks. Sometimes, I have a few that they’ll go six months and they’ll hold their corrections.

And what are some triggers that asthma and allergy sufferers should avoid?

Dr. F.J. Schofield: The biggest thing is you really want – to look at your diet. The number one thing for all issues, especially issues that are affected by your immune system are avoid sweeteners. Sugar, high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, or any artificial sweetener – all those will suppress your immune system. Sugar, they’ve seen within 15 or 20 minutes, they’ll actually see in your blood, white blood cells quit moving. White blood cells kill virus bacteria, they’re very important for maintaining a healthy immune system so if that starts moving, if they stop moving, your immune system is going to get weaker and weaker and weaker, and your allergies, your asthma can start acting up. You want to avoid those things.

Also, if you are allergic to diary or grains, avoid them. Dairy is very mucus-forming so someone that has a lung or an allergy type issue, really you want to avoid dairy or have it in small quantity. Then, always look at avoiding those things that suppress your immune system and then adding or getting a lot of things that build your immune system, a lot of greens, a lot of things loaded with nutrients like fruit, vegetable juices, things like that, probiotics are big, big, big, really important for the immune system, vitamin D, getting out in the sunlight or supplementing your diet with vitamin D, really important for immune system function.

Is Upper Cervical Chiropractic more effective for these problems?

Dr. F.J. Schofield: Upper Cervical is extremely effective. When I was doing traditional chiropractic care, I didn’t help a lot, I helped a few allergy people not everyone and then asthma people, I very rarely helped. Now with Upper Cervical care, our success rate is over 90%, so almost everyone that comes in with asthma and allergies is getting improvement.

If you are interested in speaking with Dr. F.J. Schofield visit westbendchiropractor.com or call 262-334-8188 to schedule an appointment.

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