Chiropractic Care Can Benefit Asthma Sufferers

 

Chiropractic Care Can Benefit Asthma SufferersWhile many people believe that chiropractic care is great for back and neck pain, it can also be beneficial for so much more.  Chiropractic is a great way to improve overall health and wellness so that you can feel great and experience proper function of all your body’s systems.  A visit to a Lithia Springs chiropractor can even benefit those who suffer from asthma.  Asthma is a condition that affects breathing, and it occurs from inflamed and narrowed airways. It can affect everyone—babies, children, teens, and adults alike.  Annual cases of asthma have increased over the past few years, and statistics show that about 100 million people suffer from chronic asthma across the nation, and 365 million report asthma symptoms worldwide.  While several cases of asthma are simply an inconvenience, some asthma attacks can be life-threatening.  This common chronic disease doesn’t have a known cure, but there are ways to manage or even dissolve symptoms completely.  Breathing treatments and medications can help, particularly in the midst of an asthma attack, but chiropractic care is a safe and effective way to manage asthma, relieve symptoms, and improve overall wellness.

Methods for Managing Asthma

Inhalers are the common form of treatment for managing asthma as they return airways to normal sizes almost instantaneously so breathing is easier.  Some asthma suffers need to use inhalers daily, while others just use them as symptoms occur.  Chiropractic has also been found to a beneficial method for managing asthma.  In fact, several asthma sufferers have reported an increase in breathing ability and a decrease in severe asthma symptoms with regular visits to a Lithia Springs chiropractor.

How Chiropractic Care for Asthma Can Help

Long-term relief for asthma sufferers is possible with chiropractic.  Our body’s central nervous system, composed of the […]

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AN IMPAIRMENT RATING ANALYSIS OF ASTHMATIC CHILDREN UNDER CHIROPRACTIC CARE

A self-reported asthma-related impairment study was conducted on 81 children under chiropractic care.

The intent of this study was to quantify self-reported changes in impairment experienced by the pediatric asthmatic subjects, before and after a two month period under chiropractic care. Practitioners, representing a general range of six different approaches to vertebral subluxation correction, administered a specifically designed asthma impairment questionnaire at the appropriate intervals. Subjects were categorized into two groups; 1–10 years and 11–17 years.

Parents/guardians completed questionnaires for the younger group, while the older subjects self-reported their perceptions of impairment. Significantly lower impairment rating scores (improvement) were reported for 90.1% of subjects 60 days after chiropractic care when compared to the pre-chiropractic scores (p < 0.05) with an effect size of 0.96. As well, there were no significant differences across the age groups based on parent/guardian versus self rated scores. Girls reported higher (less improvement) before and after care compared to boys, although significant decreases in impairment ratings were reported for each gender. This suggested a greater clinical effect for boys which was supported by effect sizes ranging from 1.2 for boys compared to 0.75 for girls. Additionally, 25 of 81 subjects (30.9%) chose to voluntarily decrease their dosage of medication by an average of 66.5% while under chiropractic care. Moreover, information collected from patients revealed that among 24 patients reporting asthma “attacks” in the 30 day period prior to the study, the number of “attacks” decreased significantly by an average of 44.9% (p <.05). Based on the data obtained in this study, it was concluded that chiropractic care, for correction of vertebral subluxation, is a safe nonpharmacologic health care approach which may also be associated with significant decreases in asthma related impairment as well as a decreased […]