Chiropractic Treatment and Asthma in Kids
The number of people who are affected by asthma today is increasing. It seems that those who suffer from it are not just children, but adults are getting it, too. Somewhere around 15 million people have asthma, and it costs as many as three million work days to be lost every year. Even the number of asthma deaths is on the rise – going from 3.5 percent in 1982, to the present 5.6 percent, or 5,100 people per year.
While it may surprise a lot of people, chiropractors have had excellent success in treating asthma. One child, for instance, had asthma since he was two months old. He was taking two medications daily (one for allergies, one for asthma, plus a nebulizer), and, in spite of that, still missed one or two days of school each month, and had to see a doctor monthly. Just two weeks after beginning to receive chiropractic treatments, the boy was able to quit using the medications, and the nebulizer. In the past school year, no school days were missed.
Chiropractors believe that there is a strong connection between asthma and misaligned vertebrae (subluxations). This was reported in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (Vol. 1 No. 4), which indicated that research showed that once the vertebrae were properly realigned, that it could account for reducing, or even eliminate, the need for medications, better breathing, and fewer asthma attacks.
A study conducted by the Michigan Chiropractic Council (MCC) involving 500 children, showed similar results. Many of the participants, all under the age of 17, showed significant improvement after three weeks of treatment. Children who normally had four asthma attacks per month, now had only one, and medications were decreased by 70 percent. 92 percent of the parents said that they felt that the treatment was very beneficial.
Chiropractors offer treatment for asthma and can help many patients – young or not so young. If you are tired of all the medications and frequent doctor's visits, it may be time to visit a nearby chiropractor.