Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows airways in the body. Some symptoms of asthma include wheezing chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. There are several triggers to asthma attacks. Allergens, exercise, and cigarette smoke are just a few of the possible triggers. When a person is having an asthma attack they need to use an inhaler to open up their airways. Asthma can affect people of all ages but is usually begins in childhood. There is no cure for asthma and the symptoms can occur suddenly. Massage therapists need to make sure that the massage room is free of allergens. Also, that the patient has all of their medications that they may need in case they have an asthma attack. The type of massage and the position of the patient depend on their current asthma symptoms.

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