• Asthma
  • Causes
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment

Is it painful to watch your child gasp for breath? Do you feel helpless, but want to try a safer way of managing your child’s asthma or own asthma? Have you heard of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), an all-natural alternative? Studies have shown:

  • Osteopathic manipulative treatment reduces mortality and morbidity by showing significant improvement in asthma symptoms in children.
  • Improved breathing was experienced by asthma patients who received OMT.

Air in the lungs travel through small airways called bronchial tubes. When the airways are clear, air moves in and out of the lungs easily. An asthma attack constricts the airways and interferes with the normal breathing process. Asthma is a respiratory condition in which the airways of the lungs (breathing passages) narrow and swell, often in response to an allergen. This disease affects people of all ages, but usually starts in childhood.

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There are individual triggers for each person. Some of the triggers include the common cold, weather changes, physical activity, and air pollutants such as smoke, dust mites, animal dander, and pollen.

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The common signs and symptoms of asthma include:

  • Frequent cough
  • Wheezing sound heard during breathing
  • Shortness of breath and coughing
  • Feeling of tightness in the chest
  • Pain in the chest
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Asthma can be difficult to diagnose. Your doctor will ask about the frequency of your symptoms and order some tests to rule out other conditions. A lung function test (spirometry) is done to measure the amount of air exhaled. Allergy skin testing may be helpful to identify allergens in people with asthma. In younger children the diagnosis is done based on the information provided about symptoms because lung function tests will be inaccurate before 6 years of age.

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Treatment includes avoidance of triggers, proper use of inhalers and other medications deemed necessary by your physician, and OMT as an adjunct.

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Osteopath treatment for Asthma

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  • You thought it would go away on it’s own – but it didn’t
  • You are looking for credible healthcare alternatives – but just don’t know what is out there
  • You tried other Healthcare Professionals in the past, but nothing they said or did seemed to help

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Frequently asked questions

  • Infants & Children

OMT Helping Infants and Children Thrive

OMT can still benefit your child or infant, even if they aren’t experiencing any health issues or illness at the present time. Osteopathic manipulative treatments can include supportive therapy which can aid with your child’s growth and development. For example, OMT can help in supporting your child’s muscles and coordination as they learn to walk. It can also help in easing teething pain or growing pain that happen during growth spurts. 

Our experienced team here at Osteopathic Healing Hands are dedicated to compassionate care for patients of all ages. For the very best in osteopathic pediatric care, or if you have any further questions, get in touch with one of our highly skilled team members. Give us a call on (713) 527-8499 to get started today.

  • Infants & Children

OMT can Benefit a Number of Pediatric Conditions

While every patient is different, studies have shown newborn children treated with OMT experienced:

  • Reduction in plagiocephaly (flat spots on baby’s heads, which are more common these days with baby’s being advised to only sleep on their backs) – osteopathic manipulative treatment for flat head in baby’s has proven very effective with extremely noticeable results. 
  • Reduction in torticolis (where the baby’s head prefers to look in one direction only).
  • Improved breast-feeding.
  • Reduction in infantile colic (inconsolable crying).
  • Reduction in otitis media (middle ear infections).
  • Reduction in reflux
  • Improved asthma symptoms.
  • Improved postural symmetry in infants.

For a list of articles supporting OMT, please click here.

  • Infants & Children

Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy for Babies

OMT can treat a huge range of pediatric conditions to relieve your baby such as discomfort and ongoing pain. These special treatments focus primarily on supporting and balancing your child’s nervous and musculoskeletal systems. The neuromuscular system plays a very important role in keeping the rest of your infant’s body systems in balance. Changes, abnormalities, or dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system can have a huge impact on other organs and systems of your baby’s body.

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