Benefits for Asthma

Benefits for Asthma

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.

Dr. Rachel’s Take

How and why are these results possible from spinal manipulations? The grounds for someone to get a spinal manipulation or adjustment (as I prefer to call it), is because there is a bone in the spine that is misaligned. When the spine misaligns, it can put pressure on the delicate network of nerves coming out of the spine, not allowing the nerve to get its signals to where it needs to go. When the nerve system is not able to be in touch completely with its organs and systems, the result is the organs begin to malfunction or partially work properly. This misalignment and pressure on the nerves are called vertebral subluxations.

Each organ, let’s use the lungs for example, has a nerve that comes out of the spine to tell it what to do. The nerves that go to the lungs come out in the upper back, called the thoracic. In addition to the nerves that come out of the spine in the thoracics, there is also a backup nerve for the lungs that comes out at the first cervical vertebra, right under your skull. This nerve is called the “vagus or wandering nerve”. This vagus nerve is your back up for all organs and systems. This is where Christopher Reeves injured his neck when he fell off the horse. He didn’t injure his lungs, bladder, bowels, arms or legs; he injured the nerve system that went to those organs. For him, it was lights on – lights off. For everyday people, these vertebral subluxations become like a dimmer switch, slowly and gradually causing dysfunction in the organs. Chiropractors remove these subluxations so the organs and systems can function properly. This is the basis for the results this study has shown. Make sure you are keeping your spine and nerve system clear so that your body can function at 100% of its human genetic potential.

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