Definitely! Bronchial asthma can cause neck and shoulder pain and in some cases upper back pain also.
Many times it has been seen that people suffering from muscle tightness (which includes neck or back tightness) take it as a symptom of some other additional disease.
But the truth is, it may be due to asthma symptoms.
Studies showed that if you are already suffering from bronchial asthma and are also experiencing frequent painful sensations in your shoulders and neck area, then this is most of the time due to – “Bronchial asthma” itself.
Consulting an additional chiropractor can only lead to confusion and maybe consumption of additional medicines, which is most of the time not required.
So, it is always better to understand the symptoms well and their probable causes which will help you in clearing the confusion.
Then you can get the right treatment type based on your condition.
Experts suggest that relieving your asthma symptoms can be more beneficial in relieving neck or back pain problems, rather than getting direct treatment for your spinal pain.
How Can Asthma Cause Severe Pain In The Neck & Back?
While in most cases, cervical pain is often related to poor posture, degenerative spinal conditions, osteoarthritis, etc; asthma and allergies problems can at times also cause severe neck and shoulder tensions.
The pain in the body, when suffering from asthma condition, can be due to these reasons:
Side effects of inhalers and medications
Usually, people take the aid of inhalers and medications for getting them through bronchial asthma attacks thinking that this will help them in getting rid of their asthma problems.
However, studies showed that these types of medications and inhalers for asthma can also make the existing pain in the body worse.
In many cases, these medications can also give rise to new pain in the body such as cervical pain, muscle pain, bone pain, etc.
In worst cases, these medications can also show side effects with increased susceptibility to getting diseases like osteoporosis.
Asthma induced anxiety and stress
An asthma attack usually shows symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, etc. These symptoms can many times give rise to panic attacks and anxiety conditions in the patients.
This asthma-induced anxiety and stressful conditions can then lead to pain and tightness in the neck and back.
In severe cases, these stressful conditions and mood disorders can also higher the chances of producing increased adrenaline which can then also cause increased tissue pain or muscle pain in the body.
Inflammatory response and inflammation
Studies show that people suffering from asthma and allergies are more vulnerable to producing chemicals such as pro-inflammatory cytokines.
These chemicals cause a systemic inflammatory response in the body, which can later cause spinal pain (neck, shoulder blade, and upper back pain) in the body for the long term.
Getting a gentle therapeutic massage can help in relieving the painful conditions in a natural way and is, therefore, most recommended by chiropractors.
Treatments To Relieve Asthma Induced Neck Pain
Although getting the treatment for asthma is a sure shot way to cure your asthma-induced neck pain, getting some specific treatments for body pain can also help to heal this severe pain.
Techniques like soft tissue massages around the neck and shoulders can help reduce the soreness caused in the shoulders and neck.
Care that you use only the best recommended essential oils or pain-relieving creams for getting a gentle massage.
Neck wraps and braces are also available for patients who experience continuous trouble in their neck and shoulder region due to asthma conditions.
Heat therapy is also one of the best ways to help relax painful muscles.
You can try heating pads or a hot water bag meant for neck and back pain at home to relieve your conditions without any risk or side effects.
Few other methods that will help in reducing the stiffness and soreness around the painful shoulders are:
- regular breathing exercises
- yoga postures for asthma
- gentle spinal manipulation
Follow the methods above and hopefully, it will help you in retaining normalcy back soon after a mild episode of asthma.