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10/14/2016

Living with Asthma

Asthma is a serious condition which impacts the airways, restricting breathing and living with any chronic health condition is never easy. Sometimes, the muscles around the airways become inflamed and constricted and this can make it very difficult to gain sufficient air into the lungs. This difficulty increases when mucus develops in the airways. Although some asthma attacks are minimal, the severity will vary and could last for an hour or even weeks, especially if treatment is not forthcoming.

 

Although there is a great deal of research into asthma, there’s no definitive cause but certainly, genes and environmental triggers are likely to be relevant.

There are many asthma triggers, including:

  • Children brought up in a home where there is a pet cat
  • Exposure to allergens – gained during pregnancy
  • Exposure to cigarette smoke
  • Allergic reaction to mold, pollen or house-dust mites

Correct diagnosis is vital so that the doctor can prescribe medication and although it cannot be cured, it is possible to manage the symptoms sufficiently. Each person will be affected differently but generally, women are affected more than men.

Asthma signs and symptoms include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath coupled with problems sleeping
  • Coughing or wheezing (may be a whistling sound on the exhalation)
  • Trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing
  • Attacks may become worse when cold or flu is present

Exercise can trigger an asthma attack more so when the air is dry and cold, but asthma can also be triggered by dust, chemical fumes and other workplace irritants as well as pollen, skin particles or pet dander.

Asthma Prevention

Prevention is the best way to keep asthma under control and this means recognizing how asthma affects you on an individual basis, learning to recognize your triggers. It is important to have quick-relief inhalers to help open up inflamed airways and be prescribed long-term medication to reduce inflammation which works in a preventative manner. There are many self-help methods of reducing triggers in your home environment. Use the air conditioning regularly and try to minimize dust and exposure to dust mites. It’s best to remove any carpets and have hardwood flooring instead. Eradicate any mold spores and reduce pet dander, keeping your home as clean and dust-free as possible.

Asthma Treatment

Your doctor will assess your asthma symptoms and create an action plan for care and this should be followed accordingly. You may also need to use a peak flow meter regularly to assess how treatment is working. Although breathing will be an issue, it’s worth practicing some breathing techniques to improve the function of the lungs. Relaxation techniques and meditation can also help you to alleviate stress and anxieties and to afford breath control and calmness even when an attack occurs.

 

It is worth considering seeing a Chiropractor as it requires the realignment of the spine, which can eliminate any obstruction during nerve impulse conduction. Certainly, once this adjustment has been made, nerves will begin to function properly again, enabling the thoracic cavity to expand freely and providing relief. The Chiropractor will provide a treatment plan, offering a non-invasive option which works well alongside any prescribed medication; this will help ensure you have a targeted approach to asthma management.

 

09/12/2016

Hip health and treatment

Hip Health

Hip health is important. When any source of pain is not diagnosed, the consequences can be extremely debilitating. We tend to think of hip problems as being a result of old age or wear and tear, but there are other conditions which may trigger pain. Discomfort may also be experienced in the groin, thigh, inside or outside of the hip joint and even in the buttocks.

 

The hip joint is important. It enables us to be able to walk, run or jump and for the movements to be fluid. The design of the actual joint serves to withstand repetitive motion and a certain amount of wear and tear. It’s a ball and socket joint and, when in use, cartilage within the joint acts as a cushion helping to prevent friction. However, gradually over the years, cartilage may become damaged or the hip bone itself injured as a result of trauma.

 

It’s important to seek medical assistance if the pain is intense and occurs suddenly. Similarly, if you hear a popping noise coming from the hip at the time of injury, or are unable to put any weight on the leg or find movement is limited, seek medical advice.

Common causes of hip pain

Bursitis is a common cause of pain in any joint and can certainly affect the hip. Injury may trigger inflammation within the joint and bursitis is a likely cause of pain.

Osteoarthritis

Where there is progressive loss of cartilage and degeneration of a joint, treatment of osteoarthritis will be prevention rather than cure. This condition is common in the senior years.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis can occur at any age and may affect many joints of the body, including the hips. This is an extremely painful and inflammatory condition. When the hip joint is affected, walking and movement will also generally be affected.

Overuse

Simple wear and tear on the cartilage which surrounds the hip joint can lead to inflammation and arthritic conditions. Inflammation may also impact ligaments, tendons and muscles too. This tends to be a more gradual pain.

Trauma to the hip

For an older individual, there is greater risk of falling or having brittle bones and this can lead to a dislocated or fractured hip. Even where there’s no evidence of a broken bone, there may be deep bruising or a strain in the hip area. There may also be a lot of pain associated with the trauma.

Referred pain

Sometimes people will experience pain in the hip but it is actually referred pain and the hip is not damaged at all. As an example, there may be dysfunction of the sacroiliac joints or the joints relative to the sacrum and iliac bones. A hernia may also lead to referred hip pain, as well as inflammation to the sciatic nerve.

Treatment

It is important to seek medical advice for hip health from your local doctor if there is hip pain. Over-the-counter medication will help with the pain but will not alleviate the cause, so it can be useful to seek out the services of a Chiropractor. Following the initial examination, the Chiropractor will provide you a personal treatment plan which will include advice on posture and exercise. Treatment will include the adjustment and manipulation of the hip region which will improve mobility of the hip joint. Treatment will vary depending on the actual cause of the pain but many health conditions can be improved as a result of chiropractic care. Physical therapy is also likely to help with hip health and hip pain recovery.

 

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