An Introduction to Chiropractic Care for Childhood Asthma

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Many chiropractors and osteopaths report that chiropractic care can result in improvements of conditions such as asthma. Spinal manipulation has been shown to relieve back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions. However, the impact of spinal manipulation on conditions like asthma has not been well studied. Some studies have proved inconclusive. In determining whether you should add chiropractic care to your child’s wellness program, it is good to take the same approach that you would with any other medication. Monitor your child’s health and see if it improves.

There are some theories to explain why chiropractic care may cause an improvement in a child’s asthma symptoms. Many treatments are based on the idea that correcting subluxations, a restriction in a spinal joint, can alleviate symptoms. These restrictions are often sore and tender. How can a spinal irritation affect asthma? The theory suggests that the disturbance of the subluxation causes a neurological response, like inflammation. The inflammation could predispose a child to asthma. Correcting these disturbances with spinal manipulation is intended to restore normal nerve function, which could help decrease the severity of asthma symptoms. Subluxation treatment through spinal manipulation is one option to treat chronic childhood asthma.

Some asthma benefits from chiropractic care may stem from sources other than the treatment itself. Researchers have proposed that visiting a caregiver on a regular basis, such as three times per week, can improve outcomes for the patient. In one study, there were improvements in quality of life and symptom scores, even though the children did not have improvements in their airway responsiveness, a common indicator of asthma severity. Another study suggests that components of the chiropractic visit other than the treatment itself can be beneficial and should be studied further.

Pediatric chiropractic care is not a replacement for traditional medicine treatments of asthma, but it can be a complementary one. Even in traditional medicine, some researchers still debate the use of inhaled corticosteroids and beta-agonists, which are common asthma treatments. The key is to find the right mix for each patient. In some cases, this could be the traditional medicine route. However, if the treatment proves ineffective, it is beneficial to have other options. Pediatric chiropractic care could be added to a child’s wellness program if the other options are not proving successful at relieving symptoms. Each child should be monitored and evaluated as an individual to see if the treatments, traditional or chiropractic, are improving his or her life. Because every child is different, we recommend working closely with a chiropractic care clinic, like Atlanta Chiropractic and Wellness, to develop a unique treatment. Call us for more information.

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