While neck pain is often associated with poor posture, carrying heavy backpacks, and degenerative conditions of the spine, it can also be related to systemic conditions such as asthma. Here are three ways asthma can lead to cervical problems:

Inflammatory Response

People who have asthma may be more likely to produce chemicals known as pro-inflammatory cytokines. These substances produce a systemic inflammatory response, which may lead to chronic neck and spine pain.

Gentle spinal manipulation or therapeutic massage can help eliminate pain and may even help promote the release of “feel good” chemicals in the brain known as endorphins. When endorphins are released, the perception of pain is reduced, relaxing strained muscles in the neck and surrounding structures. 


During an asthma attack, people often experience shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, and chest pain. These symptoms can trigger anxiety or panic attacks, which can cause neck stiffness or pain.

Asthma-induced anxiety can also heighten the risk for an increase in circulating adrenaline, which may further contribute to muscle and soft tissue pain.

Chiropractic care is an excellent treatment method to augment medical management of asthma-induced pain, especially in those who are predisposed to anxiety or other mood disorders.


Medications used in the treatment of asthma and other respiratory conditions may also raise the risk for neck pain. Rescue inhalers can cause hyperventilation and tachycardia, both of which can exacerbate existing pain or lead to new pain. Other asthma medications including corticosteroids can cause muscle and bone pain and may even raise the risk for osteoporosis. 

To learn more about how chiropractic care can reduce neck pain related to asthma, contact us anytime.