With kids going back to school, they will spend time running, jumping, and doing other activities. We hope they got plenty of exercise over the summer. If your child is an asthmatic, it’s important that you understand the best way to prevent their condition from becoming more serious. Asthma may not seem like a serious condition to the uninformed observer, but it is a condition parent’s should know the facts about.

Asthma Facts:

  • 14 people in America die from Asthma everyday
  • The number of deaths it causes has increased by 58% since 1979
  • In that time, deaths among people 19 and younger have increased by 78%
  • About 17 million people in America suffer from Asthma
  • Americans incur annual costs of up to $17 billion because of it
  • It is the most chronic childhood illness
  • It effects more than one in every 20 children
  • Children miss more than 10 million school days per year because of it
  • It leads to more hospitalizations than any other childhood disease

If your child deals with Asthma, you can take them do a medical doctor, who will probably have them use an inhaler. Inhalers deliver medication to the lungs, which covers up the symptoms like all medication, and over time your child will become dependent on his or her inhaler. Though, just as with other health issues, medicating Asthma doesn’t deal with the cause of the illness.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder, caused by an obstruction in the airways that causes wheezing, coughing, chest pain, and more. About half of all children with Asthma outgrow it by the time they reach adolescence, but about half of those patients find the medical condition comes back when they are adults.

Rather than treating this condition with an inhaler your child can become dependent on, is often not effective if not taken properly, can leave residue on the tongue and throat, can be difficult to use, and can be one among many medical expenses, seek an Upper Cervical specialist. Asthma can frequently be related to immune system dysfunction. This is when your child’s immune system does not work the way that it is designed to. This can lead to problems with the breathing system including asthma and allergies.

An Upper Cervical specialist will evaluate your child’s nervous system which controls are immune system. Head and neck injuries from sports, car accidents, falls and even the birth process can lead to misalignments in the upper neck and consequently dysfunction in the nervous system and immune system. An upper cervical specialist can evaluate your child to determine if these problems are present.

Dr. Tymothy Flory, Dr. James Weiss and Dr. Jameson Wong of Atlas Spinal Care in Upland, California are Upper Cervical Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Claremont, La Verne, San Dimas, Glendora and surrounding areas. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems.