Well­ness Arti­cles

Asthma Patients May Ben­e­fit From Spinal Manip­u­la­tion

The above were the find­ings of a research project con­ducted in Aus­tralia where 420 patients were stud­ied. On Octo­ber 5th 2002 at the 9th Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Spinal Manip­u­la­tion in Toronto, Ray Hayek, Ph.D., head of the inves­tiga­tive team told the assem­bly that patients afflicted with asthma may ben­e­fit from spinal manip­u­la­tion in terms of symp­toms, immuno­log­i­cal capac­ity, and endocrine effects.

The pro­ceed­ings and report of this study were pub­lished in the August 24, 2002 release from the Foun­da­tion for Chi­ro­prac­tic Edu­ca­tion and Research, (FCER). In that release Dr. Hayek reported that of the 420 patients in the study only those patients in the group which received spinal manip­u­la­tion showed sig­nif­i­cant improve­ment in asthma symp­toms, depres­sion and anxiety.

The report also noted that there were pos­i­tive bio­chem­i­cal and phys­i­o­log­i­cal changes that were not nec­es­sar­ily expected from spinal manip­u­la­tion. The report sug­gested, “These bio­chem­i­cal changes not only sug­gest that the effects of spinal manip­u­la­tion are more far-​reaching than com­monly believed, but that they may be more long-​term as well.”

Although the study was not spe­cific to chi­ro­prac­tic care, chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ments are the most spe­cific form of spinal manip­u­la­tion. The find­ings of the above study rein­force other stud­ies pre­vi­ously per­formed that show the ben­e­fit of chi­ro­prac­tic care for those suf­fer­ing with asthma. In a study con­ducted in 1996 by the Michi­gan Chi­ro­prac­tic Asso­ci­a­tion (MCA), a panel of doc­tors per­formed an out­comes assess­ment study to test the qual­i­ta­tive and quan­ti­ta­tive effec­tive­ness of chi­ro­prac­tic care on chil­dren with asthma. The results of this study showed that after 30 days of chi­ro­prac­tic health care, patients aver­aged only one asthma attack, whereas prior to this study they were expe­ri­enc­ing more than four attacks. Addi­tion­ally, in the Michi­gan study it was noted that med­ica­tions, which can be costly, were decreased by nearly 70 per­cent in the patients who participated.

Ran­dom Article

A paper pub­lished in the Sep­tem­ber 2001 issue of the Jour­nal of Ver­te­bral Sub­lux­a­tion Research con­firms what chi­ro­prac­tors have been say­ing for 106

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