It is estimated that 10-12% of children suffer from asthma in the United States, and it is the most prevalent cause of chronic illness in children. Asthma is caused by an inflammation in the bronchioles of the lungs, which causes the airways to fill with mucous, become inflamed or tighten up. There is a rise in asthma cases in children in the United States and the cause for this increase in unknown.
Common Symptoms of Asthma:
- coughing at night
- difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
- pain, pressure, or tightness in the chest
Chiropractic and Asthma
Some children and adults suffer from asthma for many years with little relief. However, there are many well documented case studies showing the benefits of chiropractic for children and adults with asthma. After a few weeks of care, it has been documented that many of the patients in these studies no longer needed to use medications and inhalers, and within a few months, the patients resume sports and other physical activities. While maintaining wellness chiropractic care (once a month or as recommended by the chiropractor), the asthma has not been shown to return years later.
The chiropractors in these studies used a variety of techniques, low force, activator, and manual adjusting. Initial visits were 2 or more times per week and the full spine was examined and adjusted. Asthma sufferers typically had subluxations in the cervical region at C1 and in the thoracic region T3-4 of the spine. The overall well being of the children in these studies were improved to normal functions allowing them to no longer miss school and enjoy social and physical activities.
Vertebral subluxations, particularly in the neck as we stated previously can cause a restriction or stasis of lymph drainage. The lymphatic system is what helps the body remove disease causing agents the body is constantly exposed to through the respiratory passages. If the body is unable to remove infections through lymph drainage, a child is more likely to suffer from recurring respiratory infections.
A 1988 U.S. Public Health Survey reported asthma to be the number one reason for school absenteeism in children under 17.
There are two types of asthma, extrinsic: caused by external allergens and intrinsic: due to other lung diseases.
Cessna published a paper in 1989 stating that adjustments combined with nutrition and proper breathing techniques can produce a powerful therapeutic strategy.