Lung Function is Controlled and Coordinated by the Nervous System

Asthma is caused by the constriction of the airways in the lungs known as the bronchioles. The opening and narrowing of these passage ways is a normal function achieved through the contraction and relaxation of a muscular lining in the tubes. The activity level of the body determines the necessity of more or less air. The muscles that line the bronchioles do not do so on their own accord, but operate under the direct control of nerves. Once the physical demand of the body is determined through the nervous system, messages are sent over nerves to the muscles which tell the muscles to contract (for less air) or relax (for more air).

The improper coordination of the contraction/relaxation of the musculature in the bronchioles could lead to constriction of the airways when they are trying to meet a greater physical demand in the body (this is the case in asthma). The chiropractic adjustment is designed to restore coordination of the nerve system through restoration of spinal motion. When doing so, this may help to restore normal lung function to those who suffer with asthma.

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