According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in 2012 there were 18.7 million adults and 6.8 million children suffering from asthma. These numbers have only kept on increasing. Recently, several medications have been shown to be ineffective or unsafe. Where then can an asthma sufferer turn for help? Several studies indicate that chiropractic benefits include relief from asthma symptoms.
Why Chiropractic is Beneficial
The diaphragm and lungs are both involved in an asthma attack. The primary controller of breathing is the diaphragm, which, in turn, is under the command of the phrenic nerves. The collection of phrenic nerves passes through the vertebrae of the spinal cord and the middle neck. If these nerves get pinched due to a minor misalignment of vertebrae (a subluxation), then the necessary signals coming from the brain to the diaphragm are compromised. The nerves can even die if they are compressed enough over a period of time. Chiropractic adjustments remove subluxations and free the nerves, thus helping to restore the normal operation of the nervous system. This can achieve a positive result with respect to asthma symptoms.
Is There Supporting Research?
There is a body of support, including case studies, and abstracts, indicating that chiropractic care is beneficial to asthma sufferers. One report, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), states that:
“After three months of combining chiropractic SMT” (spinal manipulative therapy) “with optimal medical management for pediatric asthma, the children rated their quality of life substantially higher and their asthma severity substantially lower.”
Another, from the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research,reports that eighty-one children with asthma who received chiropractic treatment for two months experienced a 45% lessening of asthmatic attacks.
Do You or Your Child Suffer from Asthma?
Schedule an appointment with us for an assessment to learn if chiropractic treatment could improve your asthmatic condition and your overall quality of life.