As more people are diagnosed with this condition (23 million persons around the world), there is an ever-increasing reliance on medication aimed at relieving or controlling asthma symptoms. It is a complex problem with many possible aggravating factors.
Osteopathic treatment will not cure asthma but it can help to improve the breathing mechanism itself. By doing it, the body becomes better able to cope with the breathing restrictions. This should improve breathing patterns and also reduce the need for medication.
Symptoms & Diagnosis
Asthma sufferers characteristically have shallow breathing, utilizing only the upper chest muscles. Osteopathic treatment aims to provide better movement within the rib cage as well as encouraging the diaphragm and lower chest to become more involved in the breathing process.
Rounding of the shoulders is also typical in chronic asthma sufferers. It attempts to make breathing easier during an attack by using accessory respiratory muscles. This posture actually hinders the whole process of breathing and creates abnormal muscular tension patterns.
- Rounded shoulders
- Accessory respiratory muscles (neck & upper chest) overuse
- Shallow, rapid breathing
- Wheezing (inspiration)
Dr. Emmanuel Hartmann
Dr. Dominique Boudet
Good to know
Exercise such as Pilates and Yoga, that incorporates breathing techniques and aims to improve spinal, rib and chest movement can be very beneficial, as can homeopathy in treating the aggravating factors of the asthma (allergies & stress).