A new health care technique known as IUCCA
Upper Cervical Chiropractic has proven to
be remarkably effective in the treatment
of chronic asthma and allergies. Stefanie,
a 27-year-old Denver resident, struggled
with asthma and allergies for many years
before finding IUCCA Upper Cervical Chiropractic.
"After living with asthma, allergies, and
congestion for more than 20 years, I was
ready to try anything. Carrying kleenex,
allergy pills, two inhalers and constantly
worrying about an attack was wearing me
down," she said.
Stefanie's asthma and allergies were later
corrected by IUCCA Upper Cervical Care.
"I admit I was a bit of a skeptic in the
beginning," Stefanie said, "
but no more!
Dr. Elster's first adjustment not only cleared
my sinuses but had an impact on my chronic
asthma as well. Several months later I no
longer carry kleenex and I can't remember
the last time I took an allergy pill or
used an inhaler. I must thank Dr. Elster
for improving the quality of my life. I
wish I had known about this when I was much
younger!" Currently Stefanie has been free
from asthma and allergies for a year.
/ Allergy Facts
than fifteen million people have asthma.
Asthma is the number one reason for hospitalization
in children and causes 4,000 deaths per
year in the U.S. It is estimated that asthma-related
health care costs for the nation exceed
six billion dollars (National Institute
of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, 1998.)
The overall prevalence of allergies is 50
million with an estimated loss of nearly
four billion dollars on workplace productivity
(American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and
is a disease of the airways, the tubes through
which air passes between the nose and mouth
to the lungs. During an attack, the airways
become obstructed due to muscle contraction,
inflammation, and excess mucus production,
resulting in wheezing and/or coughing symptoms.
What Is Allergy? The job of the immune system
is to identify foreign substances such as
viruses and bacteria and remove them. Normally,
this response protects us from dangerous
diseases. In an allergic person, the immune
system reacts to harmless substances such
as plant pollen or animal dander and creates
Are Asthma and Allergies Related?
Asthma and allergies are closely associated
because of the common systems involved:
the immune system and the respiratory system.
Of the children under sixteen years old
who have asthma, 90 percent are allergic.
Of the people over 30, 50 percent have allergies.
(National Institute of Allergy and Infectious
Diseases, 1998) Often, an asthma attack
can result from an allergic reaction. Asthma
sufferers are also more susceptible to having
colds develop into bronchitis, which can
trigger an asthma attack.
Typical medical treatment for allergies
and asthma includes antihistamines, decongestants
and allergy shots and inhaled and oral medications
to relax and decrease inflammation in the
airways. While these medications have varying
degrees of success for symptomatic relief,
they do not prevent attacks and are required
on a daily basis for as long as the conditions
exist. Melinda, age 29, used all of the
medications available but still had symptoms.
"I was severely affected with allergies
for the past five years. During those years,
I depended on strong, irritating allergy
pills to control my wheezing, constant runny
nose, watery eyes, and sneezing- especially
awful during the spring and fall." Her allergies
and asthma were later corrected by Upper
Cervical Chiropractic care. "Since seeing
Dr. Elster for only one month during prime
allergy season, my allergies have disappeared.
I haven't taken any allergy medication since
my treatment began with her," Melinda said.
She has been free from asthma and allergies
for over a year.
IUCCA Upper Cervical Chiropractic Works
Upper Cervical Chiropractic works by correcting
irritation to the nervous and immune systems,
the original cause of asthma and allergies.
Misalignments in the vertebrae of the upper
cervical spine (upper neck), cause irritation
to the nerves traveling between the brain
and spinal cord that are supplying the respiratory
and the immune systems. By correcting the
vertebrae in the upper neck, chronic asthma
and allergies can be corrected and prevented
without the need for drugs. Typical IUCCA
Upper Cervical Care involves an initial
spinal exam, specific x-rays of the upper
neck, computerized spinal scans known as
Computerized Infrared Thermography to measure
nervous system irritation, and specific
adjustments by hand to correct the misaligned
vertebrae in the upper neck.
of misalignments to the spinal vertebrae
include traumas to the head, neck or spine,
auto accidents, whiplash, sports injuries,
bike and ski falls, and poor posture. Even
the birth process can put stress on a newborn
baby's neck, possibly causing upper cervical
misalignments, which can result in health
problems early on in a child's life. Sara,
age 23, never had any trouble with allergies
until a fall in which she landed on the
side of her face on concrete. After the
fall eight years ago, she began having a
dry, hacking allergic cough. "The cough
was very hard and forceful at times," Sara
said, "and I tried over the counter cough
medicines, nasal and oral inhalers, and
prescription cough medicines but nothing
worked. Eventually I was referred to an
allergist who found me to be an allergic
person, but did not know what was causing
the cough or how to get rid of it." After
Upper Cervical Chiropractic care, Sara's
cough was corrected. "Dr. Elster took x-rays
and found a vertebrae in my cervical spine
to be out of place and made her adjustment.
After only a few adjustments, my cough disappeared
and has stayed away for an entire year with
check-ups. This is the most anyone has been
able to do for my chronic allergic cough
in eight years," she said.
Erin Elster is an IUCCA Upper Cervical Specialist
and treats many chronic ailments in children
and adults including migraine headaches,
asthma, allergies, dizziness, vertigo, chronic
pain, and many more. She is currently the
only IUCCA Upper Cervical Specialist in
Colorado and practices in Boulder. She is
a graduate of the University of California,
Berkeley, and Palmer College of Chiropractic,
Iowa. For further information, please call
(303) 442-5911 or browse her web site: www.erinelster.com