Your respiratory system is the system of organs and tissues involved in drawing oxygen into the body and removing carbon dioxide. This is accomplished through breathing. It includes the nasal cavity, pharynx, trachea, bronchi, bronchioles, lungs, and the diaphragm. Proper breathing is associated with regulation of the autonomic nervous system, brain-wave and immune function, stress reduction, pain control, and digestion.
Respiratory problems can begin as increased mucus secretion, congestion, or coughing, and develop into allergic rhinitis or obstruction of the ostia (the openings of the sinus drainage ducts), resulting in sinus infections, bronchial spasms, wheezing and other increasingly debilitating symptoms.
We can help you discover the root cause(s) of your breathing problems and give you therapy options and tools to help you manage or eliminate them.
Here are some of the most common types of respiratory conditions that we work with:
Allergies - An allergy is an adverse immune system reaction to a substance that most people find harmless. Allergies fall into two categories, those caused by environmental factors and those caused by food. These substances are: foods, dust, dust, pollen, and other environmental factors that usually enter the body through breathing, skin absorption, by eating/drinking foods, or by injection (such as insect bites or vaccinations).
Asthma – a chronic and sometimes acute condition where the smooth muscles that surround the smaller air passages into the lungs (bronchi and bronchioles) go into spasms, narrowing the bronchial passageways and the accompaniment of excessive excretions of mucus. This results in impaired breathing, with the severity of symptoms often accelerating rapidly.
Bronchitis – refers to chronic or acute inflammation of the brochial tubes, with symptoms ranging from chills, fever, and coughing, to difficulty breathing and pain in the chest.
Coughing – refers to a sudden, explosive expulsion of air from the lungs, usually in order to expel something from the air passages. Coughing can be either “productive” by bringing up mucus, sputum, or phlegm or “unproductive” which is a dry cough without mucus, sputum, or phlegm.
Post Nasal Drip - experienced when there is the sensation of mucus accumulating or dripping in the back of your throat. Post-nasal drip can irritate your throat, causing a sore throat or cough. It can go along with a stuffy nose if you have a nasal allergy or a cold.
Sinusitis – inflammation of the mucous membranes of one or more sinus cavities and known for the pain it causes in the head. It can be acute, such as a sinus infection, or chronic, where inflammation persists and may involve a low-grade infection with periodic flare-ups. Sinusitis symptoms can include: sinus pressure, sinus congestion, sinus headache, headaches, facial pain, diminished sense of smell, and nasal drainage.