A common condition affecting children today is asthma. This is a condition that has been affecting kids and adults for many years and can cause disruptions in normal daily life. According to an article on American Family Physician, “Approximately 25.7 million persons in the United States, including 7 million children, had the diagnosis of asthma as of 2010…Between 1995 and 2010, exacerbations accounted for one-third of all hospital admissions for children younger than 15 years. Asthma caused 3,345 U.S. deaths in 2011 and it accounts for $50.1 billion annually in direct health care costs.” Common medical methods of treating asthma include
The current oust prescribed and most effective pharmaceutical treatment is inhaled corticosteroids. These corticosteroids work to dilate the airways, reduce airway inflammation and hyperactivity. These effects from the corticosteroids are desired because during an asthma attack the airways constrict and become inflamed, the mucous production is increased due to hyperactivity of the glands. The drugs that are inhaled work to counteract the symptoms that are occurring. They do not work to fix the underlying problem that is causing the asthma symptoms. The current treatment given by chiropractors is to locate spinal subluxation and correct it with contact specific High Velocity Low Amplitude (HVLA) adjustments. The case report I am summarizing in the following paragraph utilized this type of adjustment as well as Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) mirror image adjustments.
This case study was written up after care was given in a CBP clinic to a young girl diagnosed with asthma, wheezing upon inspiration and expiration and chronic cough since she was 2 years old. The author also went on to list the 10 different medications the young girl was taking daily. Despite the use of medication she still experienced asthma attacks daily and was unable to participate in any physical activities. The author best describes how the condition affected daily life;
“The severity of her condition prompted emergency room treatment approximately five times per year. The patient's mother described countless hours of sleep lost each week due to her daughter’s attacks. This affected both herself and the other children in the home, as well as extreme stress between biological father and mother as it was debated as to the best course of action for their daughter. The financial burden of the girl’s condition cannot be overlooked as thousands of dollars had been spent on co-pay’s in just a few short months from the CT, MRI, and x-rays. Instead of making other suggestions such as chiropractic, more medications were given, and increased dosages of inhalers were encouraged as a preventative. None of these were successful and her condition worsened. Concerned with the amount of medication that was given, the mother made an appointment with our office.”
Care included HVLA adjustments to the upper and lower part of the thoracic spine along with CBP mirror image adjustments. The patient was seen for 3-4 weeks at a frequency of 2-3 visits per week. After spinal adjustments took place the patient spent 15 minutes in a post adjustment room. The coughing was the first symptoms to subside, with marked reduction within the first 24 hours. Throughout care her symptoms continued to regress to the point where no longer needed to take many of the medications she had previously been. Ultimately her wheezing and asthma attacks went way and she was no longer taking any medication. When she was brought to her pediatrician he wanted to credits the drugs for working despite not working for the last 3 years. When it was reported she was no longer taking medication and was seeing a chiropractor the pediatrician recommended against the care. It ended up causing the family to seek out a different pediatrician to bring their child too.
It is fortunate in this situation that the family sought out chiropractic care for their child. Further research and case studies need to be published in order to continue to validate claims that chiropractic may help with asthma. The cost of care for this child was less than $1000 dollars. The potential cost savings in healthcare must be considered. A change in the current “norm” for recommendations of care could benefit kids suffering from asthma, the families that live with and care about these kids, and the economical benefit.
Please search for the complete article if you wish to read it. If you know someone suffering from asthma consider having their nervous system assessed by a CBP trained chiropractor for care that may offer an alternative way to deal with symptoms of asthma.
NATHAN P. FALK, MD. SCOTT W. HUGHES, MD. Am Fam Physician. 2016 Sep 15;94(6):454-462.
Fedorchuk , C., DC. (2007). Correction of Subluxation and Reduction of Dysponesis in a 7 Year-Old Child Suffering From Chronic Cough and Asthma: A Case Report. J Vertebral Subluxation Res. . Retrieved May 22, 2017.