Asthma and Chiropractic Care: Case Studies


Asthma is one of the most common disorders in the US and all over the world. In 2010, statistics shows that almost 8% of Americans have asthma and has been continuously increasing year after year. While there are readily available medications used to treat asthma, their safety and effectiveness are being scrutinized. Thus, people stated to look for alternative treatments for asthma, and chiropractic care has been found to be quite useful for treatment and cure of asthma.

Chiropractic Treatment for Asthma

The role of chiropractic treatment in treating asthma cases, or at least reducing its symptoms, has always been a subject of debate in many medical institutions. While there is no proven research yet that verifies this assumption, there have been many cases where it chiropractic care has indeed cured a patient of his asthma problem.

According to a chiropractor himself, not all cases of asthma respond well to spinal adjustment. However, those cases that involve some area in the spine, such as chronic bronchial disorder, can be treated with occasional spinal adjustments and may gradually yield positive results. Chronic bronchial asthma involves frontal dishing of the spine located in the midscapular region. Normally, adjustments are made in the thoracic region of the spine, particularly the pelvis, lumbar spine, and upper cevicals.

Case Study # 1: 5-Year-Old Boy with Bronchial Asthma

At 5, Johnny has been diagnosed with bronchial asthma with symptoms stated three years ago. Everyday, his conditions gets worse and worse that he had to increase dosage consumption of his medications.  When his condition was still not improving even after dosage increase, his parents decided to look for alternative solutions and considered chiropractic care.

The chiropractor warned that not all asthma patients respond to chiropractic care, unless the case has something to do with spinal disorder. After diagnosis, they found out that Johnny has indeed some problems in his spine and can, therefore, be treated with chiropractic care.

Fortunately, Johnny responded to the treatment well, although the improvement was a little gradual. By the 4th week, the intensity of his asthma attacks decreased. By the 6th week, the frequency of attacks lessened, too. By the 8th week, as per his physician’s advice, Johnny’s consumption of his steroid medications was reduced. His chiropractic sessions continued on a weekly basis, and eventually his asthma did not bother him as much as it used to.

Case Study #2: 12-Year-Old Boy with Persistent Asthma

A 12-year-old boy suffering from persistent asthma was taken for chiropractic care for several months. Using a paraspinal thermography, along with the recordings of a medical respiratory specialist, the neurophysiological response of the patient to chiropractic care was monitored.  After the entire duration of the treatment, the patient’s original consumption of medication – totaling to 24 times every day – decreased to no medication use at all. The paraspinal thermography used by the chiropractor proves how chiropractic care improved the condition of asthma patients.

Just because asthma is common among many individuals doesn’t mean you have to take for granted its cure. While oral medications are inhalers can temporarily relieve the symptoms of asthma attacks, it is better to go for the permanent solution of the problem. Why not try getting a chiropractic care? It wouldn’t hurt to try.