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breathing | asthma | osteopathy

How could an Osteopath assist me with asthma treatment?

Written by Dr Elise Fuller

breathing | asthma | osteopathy

Asthma treatment is an enormous requirement in healthcare in Australia and the impact to the individual can be debilitating illness. Did you know that Asthma is the leading burdensome disease for children up to 15 years and in the top ten overall! And an enormous 1 in 10 Australians have asthma with 45% of these people have poorly controlled conditions. That’s pretty high.

Osteopathy, asthma and assistance with breathing can be a wonderful way to work on this foundation need for breathing.  

Did you know there are over 50 muscles involved in breathing?

Sometimes it’s tricky enough for our body to co-ordinate the efforts of all the muscles to work together. After injury to the joints, bones or muscles that help with breathing, it puts stress on the other joints or muscles involved taking up the slack, because breathing is kind of important!  

If we throw other health issues into the mix that might affect breathing, such as asthma, a common cold or a respiratory virus it can be hard for the whole system to function efficiently.  

So how might an Osteopath help your asthma treatment?

Our aim in osteopathy is always to assist the bones, joints and muscles to get back to the best function they can be in. This applies to the structures and movement involved with breathing and it’s something we commonly see.  

Our treatments offer assistance to sufferers by working on all aspects of the breathing mechanism, including the ribs, spine, diaphragm and other muscles of breathing. Nerve control of the chest, as well as blood and fluid supply to the bronchii and lungs. Osteopathy can also play an important preventative role in the care of someone who is suffering from asthma. 

Is an Osteopaths asthma treatment instead of using my asthma medications?

No! Osteopaths recognize the important role of anti-inflammatory medication, antibiotics and broncho-dilators in the treatment of asthma, especially in acute attacks. Osteopaths work in conjunction with other health care professionals with the long-term aim of decreasing the patient’s dependence on medication. 

If you want someone to look deeper into the structure of your breathing, find a body worker with experience in releasing all the tissues that need a bit of TLC!

 

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