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Asthma Responds to Chiropractic Care

1752 PPT AsthmaThe patient reported on in the study was a 45-year-old female with asthma, headaches, insomnia, low back pain, and sinus problems. Her medical doctor prescribed an inhaler for her. She was also on birth control and blood pressure medication.

The chiropractor examined her and found structural shifts in her neck, midback, and low back. She had decreased range of motion and muscle imbalance in her neck, midback, and lower back. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.

Following chiropractic care, she reported improvement in her asthma, low back pain, and headaches. Her posture also improved along with her insomnia.

The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic care of those with similar symptomatology.

Reference: Improvement Following Chiropractic in a 45-Year-Old Female Suffering from Asthma: A Case Study & Review of Literature. Jennifer Wozniak DC & Jennifer Loveday DC. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ Volume, 2023

Asthma – Facts

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the respiratory airways. Asthma has a multifactorial etiology including genetic, allergic, environmental, infectious, emotional, and nutritional factors.

Asthma prevalence increased from 7.3% in 2001 to 8.4% in 2010 with an estimated 25.7 million  sufferers. The impact of the disease is staggering with 5,000 deaths yearly and $6 billion a year for asthma-related health care costs.

There is also a positive association between cesarean delivery and occurrence of respiratory problems. Studies have found that delivery by cesarean showed an association with the diagnosis of asthma. Infants born through cesarean surgery have a greater risk of sensitization to food allergens.

Research has shown that the most common non-musculoskeletal conditions reported by patients as being improved under Chiropractic were improved breathing (27%), digestion (26%), and circulation (21%).

There is increasing evidence that the underlying process driving and maintaining the asthmatic inflammatory process is an abnormal or inadequately regulated CD4+ T-cell (Th2) immune response to otherwise harmless environmental antigens. The end result of these complex interactions is a cascading immune and inflammatory response characterized by airway eosinophilia, mucus hypersecretion, and airway hyper-responsiveness- the hallmarks of asthma.

Vertebral subluxation is stressful to body tissues and can modulate specific and nonspecific immune responses and may alter the trophic function of the involved nerves.

Subluxation can be directly related to the asthma/immune response and chiropractic care has been shown to improve immune responses and lung capacity.

If the structure is subluxated in such a way that it causes additional stress to the sympathetic nervous system this could lead to a heightened immune response causing an individual to react to environmental asthma triggers more easily.

By removing the vertebral subluxations, chiropractic improves nerve supply and function. The chiropractic adjustment is the means in which the structural shifts are removed. It is a safe, specific force applied to a joint. Chronic problems tend to arise if the vertebral subluxation is left untreated. Chiropractic helps the body heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.

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