Well­ness Arti­cles

Chi­ro­prac­tic and Asthma

Three case stud­ies reported in the Sep­tem­ber 2005 issue of the British sci­en­tific jour­nal, Clin­i­cal Chi­ro­prac­tic, high­lighted the suc­cess of chi­ro­prac­tic care on patients with long term asthma. The study per­formed at the Uni­ver­sity Of Sur­rey Chi­ro­prac­tic clinic, reported that asthma is the most com­mon chronic dis­ease in the United King­dom, with nearly 3.5 mil­lion peo­ple affected, includ­ing 1.3 mil­lion children.

These stud­ies doc­u­ment three sep­a­rate cases of indi­vid­u­als who had suf­fered with asthma for years. The first was a 28-​year-​old ath­letic male who had been suf­fer­ing from asthma since child­hood. The study notes that his symp­toms were most preva­lent when exer­cis­ing and at night. He was using an inhaler daily in the morn­ing and at night before going to bed. The report then notes that he began a pro­gram of chi­ro­prac­tic care. The study reported that a few weeks into his care he felt so good that one night he for­got to use his inhaler. He reported that he suf­fered no ill-​effects and reported he had a “great night’s sleep”. From that point for­ward he report­edly did not use his inhaler at night, and was extremely pleased with the results achieved from chi­ro­prac­tic care.

The next case was a 56-​year-​old woman who had been diag­nosed with asthma 5 years pre­vi­ously. She reported that 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 third case in this report was of a 26-​year-​old woman, who had suf­fered with asthma since child­hood. In her case she played rugby com­pet­i­tively for a ladies’ team and she reported that she was always hav­ing to stop dur­ing the game to use her inhaler. She would also awaken each night wheez­ing and have to use her inhaler. In her case, after start­ing chi­ro­prac­tic, she reported being able to play a whole game of rugby with­out need­ing her inhaler once, and was sleep­ing through the night uninterrupted.

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”.

Ran­dom Article

In an arti­cle from Reuters Health Infor­ma­tion, printed in the Jour­nal of the AMA is a report of a sur­vey that showed many children

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