Chiropractic and Asthma

Asthma and Chiropractic Care

With more than 300 million people worldwide suffering from asthma, help could be an adjustment away. Sadly, more than 180,000 deaths are attributed to the disease, and asthma treatment has created a financial burden for many families.
In the USA alone, asthma medication is estimated to cost between $1 billion and $6 billion per year. While most often families treat with medication, some of the more conscious families are turning to other natural treatments, such as chiropractic care for asthma.
In most recent years, chiropractic care has been used in addition to medication for managing varying respiratory diseases in adults and children. While many chiropractors report success with such treatments, few studies have examined the overall effectiveness of using manual therapies for respiratory disease treatment.
Paper on Chiropractic Care & Asthma

A recent published paper was assigned to examine the efficacy of chiropractic care for patients with asthma. The study was set to involv randomized controlled trials, case reports, case series, cohort studies, survey studies, commentaries, and systematic reviews. Each researcher stated that there was no conflict of interest in their study, and they concluded that chiropractic care may offer an alternative care approach for patients with asthma. However, the researchers also concluded further randomized controlled clinical trials should be conducted for future investigation of this approach.
Another recent review was focused on the use of chiropractic care to treat childhood respiratory diseases. This study involved a total of eight (8) clinical trials on the effects of chiropractic care on children and teens with respiratory diseases. Five (5) of the studies involved children with asthma, while the others focused on the treatment of children with other respiratory conditions, including recurrent respiratory infections, cystic fibrosis, and bronchiolitis.
Six of the eight, or 75% of the studies identified positive results of chiropractic care, including reduced anxiety, better lung function, and improved levels of salivary cortisol. The use of chiropractic care techniques, osteopathic medicine, and massage appear to be beneficial for children with respiratory disease.

Chiropractic Care & Asthma

Alcantara J, et al. The chiropractic care of patients with asthma: a systematic review of the literature to inform clinical practice. Clinical Chiropractic 2012; 15: 23-30.
Pepinoa VC, et al. Manual therapy for childhood respiratory disease: A systematic review. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2013; 36(1): 57-65.
We hope this article has helped you with understand how Chiropractic Care and Asthma can work together.