Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Dr. Peter Brockman has two decades of experience as a Clermont chiropractor. Along with the team at South Lake Wellness & Injury Center, he can help with the chronic symptoms of COPD.
What Is COPD?
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is an inflammatory lung disease that manifests itself by obstructing the airflow from your lungs and can make it difficult to breathe.
COPD symptoms don’t typically occur until significant damage to the lungs has already happened. The condition gets worse over time without treatment.
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness in the chest
- Excess mucus
- Chronic cough which may have mucus discharge
- Lack of energy
- Frequent respiratory infections
- Swelling in legs, feet, or ankles
- Cyanosis: A “blue tint” to your fingernail beds or lips
- Weight loss
Sufferers frequently have bouts, called exacerbations, where symptoms will get worse and last for several days before diminishing to more normal.
More than 24 million people in the U.S. are impacted by COPD daily, according to the COPD Foundation. The most common cause is long-term smoking tobacco. Not all smokers will develop COPD, but the more you smoke, the higher your risk. People that smoke and suffer from asthma have extremely high-risk factors.
Air pollution, workplace exposure to dust and fumes, and even secondhand smoke can also cause COPD.
COPD is a progressive disease. Most people won’t show outward symptoms until after age 40.
Complications from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
In addition to breathing problems, COPD is often linked to other medical complications, including respiratory infections. You’re more likely to catch a cold, get the flu, or be susceptible to pneumonia.
COPD may also increase your risk of:
- Heart disease and heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Lung cancer
- Depression and anxiety
How a Chiropractor Can Help With COPD
Chiropractic intervention with COPD patients has been demonstrated to positively impact lung function, according to a systematic review published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and at the National Institute of Health.
Bringing your spine into alignment can help with a variety of medical conditions. Gentle spinal manipulation, physical therapy, and soft tissue massage can help improve the range of motion in joints and let your muscle relax. This may allow for respiratory muscles to work better, make breathing easier, and improve shortness of breath.
Your chiropractor can also discuss exercises and lifestyle changes that can help ease your condition.
Your Clermont Chiropractor
South Lake Wellness & Injury Center can help ease your symptoms and mitigate potential progression. You can contact Dr. Peter Brockman and the team of professionals at South Lake Wellness & Injury Center in Clermont for an appointment today at (352) 241-4111!