Chiropractic for your Cough
Summary: Winter is the time of year which promises to bring cold weather, flu and runny noses. You do your best to avoid getting sick and nothing clears a room faster than someone who has horrid, chesty cough.
BY: Better Backs: Your Bedfordview Chiropractor Date 12 June 2018
Chiropractic for your Cough: 3 ways it can Help You
Winter is the time of year which promises to bring cold weather, flu and runny noses. You do your best to avoid getting sick and nothing clears a room faster than someone who has horrid, chesty cough.
Coughing is a popular winter time companion that loves to annoy you. It starts off as a gentle tickle in the throat and can progress to full blown mucous rich cough. This kind of coughing is very uncomfortable and after days of constant tension in the abdominal area and chest, you feel like someone has offered you up as a punching bag. You feel tender everywhere.... Your ribs feel bruised, your abdominal muscles are tight and sore and your mid-back is in spasm. When you study the science behind a cough, it is no wonder that you feel so terrible and you find out why it is so easy to spread your infection to others.
A typical cough starts with you taking in a deep breath. The air becomes compressed in your lungs and it is then forced out of your lungs in a fraction of a second. It is a very forceful action and an average single cough can fill three quarters of a 2L bottle with air. When you cough so forcefully, about 3000 tiny droplets of saliva are also expelled from the lungs and airways. These droplets can propel at speeds of up to 80km/h in a single cough.
So why do you cough?
1) One reason is that the bacteria or viruses, responsible for causing flu, damages the cells, which line your airways. This forces your body to fight back and it releases chemicals which causes inflammation. This is why most coughs are preceded by a sore throat.
2) It is a reflex. When there is an irritation in the lower part of the airway (such as mucous) it stimulates the nerves in the area and you cough. Coughing does not seem to benefit you during a cold or flu, but rather the viruses or bacteria, as they hijack coughs to spread their off-spring to others.
3) Coughing is temporary and thankfully starts to ease after about a week. There is little evidence to suggest that cough medication is effective in easing your cough and speeding up your recovery.
How Chiropractic can help with your Cough
Although Chiropractic can help your irritating cough, there are also homemade cough mixtures to support your immune system, help soothe your sore throat and help reduce your coughing episodes. Most pharmaceutical cough mixtures contain ingredients that may cause harmful side effects.
This recipe combines natural ingredients such as ginger, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, honey and cayenne pepper, which are easily found in your kitchen cupboard and fridge. It is fairly cost effective, quick and easy to make. For the full recipe, download it at the link below.