COPD and Asthma

We measure the breathing of every person treated at our clinic and have recorded improvements to chest mobility and therefore breathing for every person.

First, let’s examine improved breathing in more detail. This is noticeable immediately, if the person compares their ability to breathe immediately before and after treatment. The importance of getting more oxygen into the blood for the person is not appreciated by most non-professionals. The increase in breathing capacity is often not appreciated much because this is something that people quickly get used to having as their new normal, and only notice if they do something to get their body stuck forward again. However, it is a huge factor in lasting improved health.

This increase is not just a good feeling. It has been measured with spirometers that have shown large ranges of improvement. From an 8% improvement in air volume (which is considered large) in people who were not so collapsed forward at the chest area to about 20% improvement in people who were quite collapsed forward in the chest. (That 20% improvement is considered astonishing to impossible by many, though ABC™ practitioners regularly get these improvements with the people they treat). This improvement is so great that people with COPD who need to be on oxygen are most often off the oxygen and able to walk a kilometer within 6 or so treatments over the course of a couple of weeks.

It turns out that in those with COPD, the problem is not so much related to heart function or lung function but rather to chest shape and mechanical function of the chest. With the person collapsed forward, not only is the chest compressed but the muscles cannot move the ribs, so breathing is impaired.

This not only reduces the volume of the air that can get into and out of the lungs, but it also reduces the amount of fluid pumped through the lungs as part of the movement of the chest. By fluid not only blood is meant but also other essential fluids, as well as mucus. Therefore, there is less air flowing and that air cannot get to the parts of the lungs that transfer the oxygen to the blood because of the accumulated mucus filling the little air sacs wherein the blood is supposed to contact the air and pick up the oxygen.

Starting with the first ABC™ treatment, the body becomes more upright and the chest expands. Now the muscles can do their jobs moving the ribs. These movements pump fluids in the lungs as well as increasing the airflow. The increased airflow not only brings in more oxygen to exchange to the blood but the airflow moves the mucus out of the sacs. These factors are the things that cause very great improvements in lung function as well as breathing capacity in very short times.

The reason for the increase in breathing capacity is that the body is no longer stuck forward compressing the chest, so it can mechanically work properly. It turns out even the chemistry of the body depends upon the proper mechanical working of the body and so the largest factor is proper alignment of the skeleton. Proper alignment of the bones will not eliminate cancer and will not kill an infection like antibiotics will, so they have their place. However, proper alignment of the bones is a very important factor in correct body function – much more than is normally appreciated. This also is the reason for improved blood flow as noted below.

Circulation Improvements

Next, let’s take a look in more detail at blood flow. Besides all that I mentioned above, the collapse of the chest reduces the amount of blood that can get into the heart – there is just no room for the heart to expand. Therefore, the heart cannot pump much blood even though it is not impaired in any other way. Of course, with the compression of the heart, its internal blood flow is reduced and so it does not get enough oxygen to be able to work properly – just as any other muscle that does not get oxygen cannot work well.

Blood flow improvement is not so noticeable by the person treated unless they notice the flush of their face immediately after treatment. However, measurements with blood flow meters show the same increase in blood volume by percentage as with breathing. Also, as with breathing, people quickly become used to the feeling of improvement. The mechanism of the increased blood flow is not so much improvement in the heart itself that causes it to work better but is more because the chest is no longer compressed preventing the heart from filling. Therefore, the amount of blood pumped increases immediately.

It is actually more than that though. When the chest is collapsed it not only stops the heart from filling (and lungs as noted above) it also stops the blood vessels in the heart itself from being able to move blood to the muscles of the heart reducing the oxygenation of the heart. This reduces the ability of the heart to pump as well as reducing the volume of blood that can get into the heart and allowing those blood vessels to clog with fatty deposits and the like. Same mechanism as noted above for the lungs – reduced flow prevents the clearing of junk in the blood vessels… pardon the omission of the medical terms for that junk.

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