Asthma is a condition affecting the airways of the lung. It is very common and affects between 5 and 10% of the adult population and probably up to 15% of children. Asthma can cause symptoms such as a cough and a wheeze, a feeling of tightness in the chest or shortness of breath. These symptoms are often made worse by trigger factors. These include flu and other viral infections, exercise, pollen, house dust and animal fur especially cats. The two main features of asthma are inflammation and narrowing of the airways. The airways become narrow due to the inflammation of the mucous membrane lining them. This means that they become swollen and red leaving less room for the air to pass in and out. With asthma breathing is a bit like taking big breaths through a straw. Because the airways are inflamed they are very sensitive to any changes in the speed of the airflow, air temperature and any dust or smoke which can irritate them even more.
By treating the sufferer with Connective Tissue Manipulation the inflammation can subside and the tension around the airways reduce so that there is more room for the air to pass through to the lungs.