“I’ve heard that chiropractic can help reduce asthma. How can this be true?”

Answer:  Might sound strange but there is a growing body of work showing how helpful chiropractic is in reducing asthma.

Chiropractic is not a treatment for asthma. However, many who suffer from asthma report improvement by receiving chiropractic care.

There is research that suggests a link between the spinal column, the nervous system and the respiratory system. This may be why many have mentioned improved breathing by consulting our practice.

Countless Causes

Asthma cases seem to be rising at an alarming rate. Some think it’s due to a combination of factors, especially the increase of chemicals in our environment. These days, airtight, super-insulated homes can trap chemicals, molds, formaldehyde and other irritants. Even the increasing use of cesarean births, antibiotics and our fascination with germ killing have been cited.

If these factors were the only issue, why wouldn’t all children living in the same house and breathing the same air, suffer equally?

Chiropractic Connection

Your diaphragm is the primary muscle used for breathing. Nerves that control each breath leave your brain and exit the spinal cord in the mid-neck (C3, C4 and C5) area. Spinal problems in this area can have a profound affect on the nerve supply to the diaphragm.

Reducing subluxations in the spine may help restore proper nervous system control of the lungs and improved function can begin.

More Research is Needed

In fact, research published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research documented the results experienced by 81 children with asthma who received chiropractic care. The two-month study revealed that those under care saw a 45% decrease in the number of “attacks” and that 31% of the subjects voluntarily chose to decrease their medication.

All this from improved nervous system control of the lungs!

Athlete Asthma Sufferer Improves With Chiropractic!

   The #1 most common chronic disease in merry old England is asthma, with 3.5 million people affected including 1.3 million children. In the September ‘05 issue of Clinical Chiropractic, some case studies were reported from the University Of Surrey Chiropractic clinic. Each individual had suffered with asthma for years. The first was a 28-year-old athletic male who had been suffering from asthma since childhood. He was using an inhaler in the morning and night before bed. He then began a program of chiropractic care. The outcome? A few weeks into care he felt so good that one night he forgot to use his inhaler. He reported that he suffered no ill-effects and had a “great night’s sleep”.  From that point forward he did not use his inhaler & was extremely pleased with the results.

56 Year Old Woman

Gets Asthma Help!

  The next case was a 56-year-old woman who had been diagnosed with asthma 5 years previously. Her main symptoms were chest tightness and coughing.  After just 2 weeks of chiropractic care, she reported feeling “much better within herself”. She reported that she found it much easier to breathe with less coughing. Additionally she also reported feeling less tired, and had also noticed that her dry skin had apparently also shown dramatic improvement.  “I knew this treatment was having an effect as I could feel the changes happening.” The report noted that “the mechanism by which chiropractic is thought to affect asthma is based upon the proposition that spinal adjustment can modify autonomic nervous system”. If you or someone you love has asthma, consider chiropractic care.