The first reaction one usually has is to ask: “What can a Chiropractor do for Asthma?”
The answer is not a simple one. In addition to the latest in nutritional medicine now provided at this office, it must be borne in mind that virtually all functions of the human body are at some level controlled by neurological functions. That means that your nervous system if properly working, and unimpeded, should help keep your glands and other internal organs working at peak efficiency, and asthma is a symptom of that dysfunction.
When there is some interference in nerve function, then the chemical environment in the tissues controlled by those nerves becomes out of balance, and pathological processes like asthma can start.
Although the precise mechanism by which chiropractic adjustments influence bronchial asthma is not yet elucidated, we believe it to be from what was just described.
In Australia, known to be the asthma capital of the World, the Australian Chiropractic Association has undertaken a major study of the efficacy of Chiropractic adjustments in treating bronchial asthma, and the results are very, VERY encouraging.
A recent study performed by the Michigan Chiropractic Association, and published in a trade journal, showed:
Asthma has become a large health concern for children in recent years. Over the past 20 years, the incidence of asthma has doubled. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that in 2009, approximately 17,500,000 people in the United States, or 7.7% of the adult population suffers from asthma. As reported by the CDC, it was also noted that the number of Children in 2009, suffering from asthma, was 7.1 million, or 9.6% of the juvenile population in the US alone.
As long ago as 1996 the Michigan Chiropractic Council (MCC), recruited a panel of doctors who performed an outcome assessment study to test the qualitative and quantitative effectiveness of
chiropractic care in children with asthma. The high demand of parents seeking alternative care for pediatric asthma was shown by the overwhelming interest in the study. More than 500 parents called the MCC seeking to get their child involved in the chiropractic study.
The study, which took place during May and June of 1996, examined the chiropractic effectiveness in correcting the cause of asthma in patients from birth to age 17. The average age of the participant was 10 years. “After 30 days of chiropractic health care, patients averaged only one attack, whereas prior to the study they were experiencing more than four attacks,” said MCC Dr. Bob Graham, who directed the study. “Medications, which can be costly, were decreased by nearly 70 percent. Finally, patient satisfaction was rated 8.5 on a scale of 10.” More than 70 chiropractors from 62 cities in Michigan studied more than 80 children suffering from asthma.