Reduction of Asthma Symptoms After Chiropractic Care
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Thursday, July 20, 2017 08:37 AM

“Texas Chiropractors cannot treat diseases or disorders, such as: diabetes, hypothyroidism, infertility, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s, colic, diarrhea, asthma or constipation. If you are advertising that you can treat such conditions you are violating Texas scope of practice and subject to disciplinary action by the TBCE.” [1]

Asthma is a complex disease with many presentations. It presents difficulty in making an accurate diagnosis in young children. Symptoms of asthma frequently began at a very early age. Asthma with genetic etiology is less likely to respond to care. Asthma due to environmental reasons is more likely to respond to complementary and alternative medicine. Cytokines regulation which control the production of IgE and polymorphisms in genes appear to be genetic factors in asthma.

The article reported upon here sought to discuss the chiropractic management of a patient with asthma who was treated using chiropractic care.  

In this study a 5–year-old male with a history of asthma for 3–1/2 years sought chiropractic care for his asthma symptoms, which included tightness of the chest, shortness of breath, nasal congestion, and nonproductive cough that were not responding to allopathic treatment.

He was adjusted based on location of his subluxations (intersegmental joint dysfunction). He had 5 treatments over 3 days. Treatment consisted of chiropractic adjustment to the cervical and thoracic region. The patient responded favorably to chiropractic care, which resulted in almost complete reduction of his asthma symptoms.

A 5–year-old patient receiving chiropractic care for asthma symptoms is not common, yet asthma was identified as one of the 10 most common conditions for which US children under the age of 18 sought alternative therapy. A systematic review of chiropractic care for non-musculoskeletal conditions suggested that chiropractic care provided benefits to patients with asthma. The treatment typically is intended to reestablish joint function, reduce inflammation, decrease nerve irritation/compression and to reestablish homeostasis. 

Manual manipulative therapy has been shown to be complementary to pharmacological therapy and to help in the management of respiratory diseases. On occasion, symptoms other than musculoskeletal symptoms may respond to chiropractic care. In a study of 36 subjects ages 6–17 with asthma symptoms who received chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy in addition to their medical co-management revealed that pulmonary function tests, quality of life questionnaires, asthma severity, peak flow measurements, and symptoms all improved after 3 months of active chiropractic care.


[1]  Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners e-mail