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Osteopathic Asthma Treatment 

Contact the specialist at BetterNow Healthcare today to discuss the osteopathic asthmas treatment available

 

Your osteopath will help you understand what happens physiologically during an asthma attack, treat underlying biomechanical issues and teach you breathing techniques

 

People who suffer with bronchial asthma will be well aware of the pharmacological treatment system for the physiological effects of this chronic respiratory condition.

 

These drugs are aimed at reducing smooth muscular contraction around the bronchus (airway) and reducing the amount of mucoid secretion within the lungs themselves. Often overlooked is the effect on the musculo-skeletal system of long-term asthma. These musculo-skeletal effects are often especially pronounced following an asthma attack / episode.

 

Someone who has recently suffered the effects of an asthma episode will typically present with the following problems. Fixed inspiration patterns: your accessory muscles can become hypertonic (continuous muscular contraction) and often sore or painful.

 

These muscles are described as being required for use in breathing at times when the body needs to proccess energy quickly such as during strenuous exercise or at times of stress. 

 

Two of your accessory muscles of respiration are shown here in purple, your scalene and sternocleidomastoid muscles. They can be described as pulling up the upper most part of your rib-cage to draw air into the the very top part of your lungs (apex of the lungs). 

 

Also part of this fixed inspiratory pattern of breathing is an inhibition of full expiratory movements. In other words people who have recently suffered an asthma episode continuously hold their low rib cage in a 'puffed-up' way and tend not to breath out fully or even breath most of the way out. This has the effect of inhibiting full, rythmic diaphragmatic respiration.

 

These obvious, easily detectable musculo-osseous rigidities are quickly assessed and treatment is then targeted towards reducing these effects of asthma episodes:

 

Soft tissue techniques (specific massage) are used on your accessory muscles to reduce tensions. Sternal inhibition techniques (blocking the movement of your upper rib-cage) are used to reduce your levels of accessory respiration.  Low thoracic cage mobilisations (specific movements) are used to increase forced expiration (get your low rib cage moving into breathing out fully). 

 

These techniques are standard techniques taught to all osteopaths and are well tried and tested. Although this type of treatment will not erradicate your underlying asthma condition, many people find it a useful way to deal with musculo-skeletal effects of asthma episodes.

 

If you would like to talk to our osteopath regarding treatment, or to book an appointment please call us on 01223 832 808.

 

Our new clinic, betterNOW! healthcare, is based at Sawston near Cambridge. At betterNOW! we are have developed a new innovative treament system to help people with posture, sitting posture, work posture and work strain. Our innovative 3-in-1 treatment approach which combines the skills of our osteopath, physiotherapist and podiatrist into a new treatment system.  This new treatment system is intended for people with back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, leg / knee / ankle problems, trapped nerve, sports problems and scoliosis and has made us into a destination clinic. 

 

 

 

 

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