Recent research reported in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research on a patient suffering with allergy induced asthma, reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in helping people with asthma. The literature review included supports the role of chiropractic in those suffering from this health challenge and calls for more research in this area.
“Numerous case studies and some clinical studies are revealing that there is a relationship between abnormalities in the spine, the nervous system and the various problems related to asthma and allergies” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study. “These types of structural shifts in the spine can cause obstruction of the nerves affecting the respiratory and immune systems. By correcting the structural shifts chiropractic helps reduce the obstruction.”
McCoy added “With everything we know about the relationship between the nervous and immune systems, chiropractic makes perfect sense in the case of asthma. In fact, chiropractic is not treating the asthma or immune dysfunction but re-establishing normal neurological function which benefits the respiratory and immune systems of the patient.”
There is an intimate connection between the functioning of the respiratory, immune and nervous systems. The immune system has even been described as a continuation of the nervous system, with immune cells functioning as the effector cells of the nervous system as it alerts and guides the immune system, helped along by numerous factors such as neurotransmitters and cytokines. This close association of the two systems has long been acknowledged in chiropractic as an underlying feature of why people improve under chiropractic care for various problems.
The patient reported on in the study was a 38-year-old female with allergy induced asthma, which she had suffered from since she was a teenager. She also had a history of allergies, chronic sinus issues, headaches, and right leg numbness.
The chiropractor examined her and found structural shifts in her neck, midback, and low back. She had decreased range of motion, tenderness, and muscle imbalance in her neck, midback, lower back, and sacrum. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.
Following chiropractic care, she reported resolution of her asthma and her headaches, leg numbness, and sinus issues also improved.
The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic care of those with similar symptomatology.
To learn more about this study and chiropractic research visit, Vertebral Subluxation Research.