Vitamin Junkeys

How Osteopathy Can Help Asthma Ep. 39


How Osteopathy Can Help Asthma
Vitamin Junkeys Episode #39 (running time 8:59)
Date: March 3, 2009
Podsafe Music: Ice Cream by Christopher Dale Courtesy of the Podshow Music Network
Show hosts: Jennifer Lyall & Dr. Jean Jacques (Dr. JJ) Dugoua, ND HBSc PhD (Cand.)

Special guest: Laura Disenhaus, Physiotherapist and Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

This episode is brought to you by North American Herb & Spice.

This episode examines:

What is asthma?

What causes someone to have asthma?

Is it possible for someone with asthma to stop using their inhalers if they use natural remedies?

What are some natural approaches to treating asthma?

How can osteopathy help people who suffer from asthma?

What's Dr. JJ taking today?

Dr. JJ is taking Vitamin C.  Vitamin C comes as a capsule, tablets or chewable form.  If you take chewable Vitamin C, choose one that doesn't have too much sugar in it.  Vitamin C is very good for stabilizing your histamine cells (histamine cells can aggravate an asthma attack).  Jennifer takes Vitamin C every day, especially in the winter to help fight off colds.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is when you get a spasm or restriction when you are breathing in, which is an asthmatic attack.  He will have patients come in and comment how they cannot breathe.  Often people who suffer from asthma have a puffer, and they will take a puff which will open up their airways, enabling them to breathe again.  It can be a very serious disease because you can run out of oxygen, you can pass out.  It is very common.  About 40% of Dr. JJ's patients suffer from asthma.  It can be sports induced, cold induced, etc.

What causes someone to have asthma?

Allergens (often pets, pollen), cold weather.  Some people are more predisposed to it.  It is a hypersensitive reaction.  Some people have thicker mucous in their bronchioles and it seems to cause a spasm and obstruct their breathing.

Is it possible for someone with asthma to stop using their inhalers if they use natural remedies?

They may not be able to stop using their puffers or inhalers, but they may be able to decrease the use of their puffers and improve their breathing.

What are some natural approaches to treating asthma?

Some natural remedies for asthma can include osteopathy, breathing exercises, Vitamin C, quercetin, elimination diet because often there can be food in their diet that could be worsening the hypersensitivity reaction.

How can osteopathy help people who suffer from asthma?

Since the reaction to asthma is a breathing response, asthmatics commonly develop a posture that is hunched up a little bit and they use accessory muscles to breathe.  Over time they end up with a rigid chest because they tend to breathe more from the neck and collar bone area rather than from their lower rib cage causing their chest to get tight.  One of the main focuses of osteopathy with asthma is to make the breathing mechanism more pliable so people can take deeper breaths again and get more airs into their air ways.  And through that breathing they may be able to relax themselves enough to reduce the spasm.  The intention is not to try to get the patient off of their puffers or medication, but to help them improve their physiology so that they do not rely on them as much.

Laura then demonstrates some different techniques that someone with asthma could expect at an appointment with an osteopath.  

If you would like to find an alternative healthcare practitioner to help you address a health issue, you can find a naturopath, osteopath and other practitioners in your community through the Find a Practitioner link on our website

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