So how can Osteopaths help those with asthma? Well, treatment relates back to the fundamental principles of structure being interrelated with function of the body. We aim to maximise breathing mechanics by loosening the rib cage and reducing the muscle tone of the upper chest, back, shoulders and neck. Emphasis is also placed on loosening tension in the diaphragm (the domed muscle under the lower rib cage that is our main breathing muscle), improving drainage through the lymphatic system and balancing the nervous system which controls the width of the airways and the mucous within them. This helps reduce hyperventilation which may lead to the full blown attacks.
Treatment is offered in conjunction with advice and tips on posture, exercise, effective breathing, and diet - all the while ensuring that your medications are not being interfered with without the authorisation of your GP or specialist.