How Chiropractic Can Assist Asthma
The prevalence of asthma in Australia is among the highest in the world: between 10% and 15% of children and between 10% and 12% of adults have asthma.
Chiropractors have anecdotally seen improvements in asthmatic patients for many years.
Further research is needed to try and find ways to help ease the suffering of asthmatic children and adults that are currently reliant on medication to have any kind of lifestyle.
Results of the studies listed below indicated that chiropractic care showed improvements in subjective measures and, (to a lesser degree) objective measures. It is evident that some asthmatic patients may benefit from this treatment approach ; however, at this time, the evidence suggests chiropractic care should be used as an adjunct, not a replacement, to traditional medical therapy.
Despite a paucity of evidence supporting the successful management of patients with asthma under chiropractic care, and despite the fact that the evidence that does exist is heterogeneous with respect to its quality strength, there is nonetheless some indication that patients experience positive subjective and at times positive objective results while under chiropractic care. The approaches described in many of the manuscripts reviewed reflect common clinical practice activities used by chiropractors, including an array of different outcome measures.
That said, more evidence is required before any definitive statements can be made with respect to the clinical effectiveness of chiropractic care for patients with asthma and with respect to the most appropriate role chiropractors should play in the management of these patients. Such studies may benefit from the use of a valid and reliable outcome measure such as the Pediatric Asthma Health Outcome Measure (PA-HOM).18
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