Although most of my Middleburg Heights, OH chiropractic patients use my services in an effort to either protect their spinal health or treat pain associated with its misalignment, research has shown that regular spinal manipulations can benefit other health problems as well. Case in point: asthma.
One systematic review of eight different studies which was published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics concluded that six of them found a positive correlation between chiropractic care and improved respiratory health, specifically in children with conditions such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, and those suffering from chronic infections in their respiratory systems. Additionally, the participants received other benefits as well, such as lower anxiety levels and improved immune function—two factors that can have a huge impact on their growing bodies.
The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association published another systematic review, again with eight previous studies that used a variety of different research methods, from surveys to controlled trials. The only difference is that these weren’t necessarily focused on children. However, the researchers found similar results as in the first study, stating that “chiropractic care showed improvements” in patients suffering with asthma.
Both of these reviews suggest that more research is needed in this area to learn more about the connection between chiropractic and asthma. Additionally, while the results are trending toward chiropractic care being good for treating asthma, it should be used as an additional treatment method, not necessarily replacing traditional asthma care.
If you or a family member suffer from asthma or other respiratory issues, make an appointment with my Middleburg Heights chiropractic office and let’s see what we can do to get you breathing better!
Kaminskyj, A, et al. (2010, March). Chiropractic care for patients with asthma: a systematic review of the literature. The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, 54(1): 24-32; Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2829683/
Pepinoa VC, et al. (2013, January). Manual therapy for childhood respiratory disease: a systematic review. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics [Abstract], 36(1): 57-65; doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2012.12.004