Asthma Study Shows Chiropractic
From the November / December 2000 issue of Todays
Chiropractic, comes a study report on Asthma. The
article notes that approximately 14 Americans die each day from asthma.
Asthma is only one of three diseases that has shown an increasing death
rate in recent years, up 58% since 1979. Presently estimates say
that 17 million Americans suffer from the disease making it the most
common and costly illness in the United States today, costing over $13
billion annually. Presently, asthma causes more hospitalizations of
children than any other childhood disease.
In the study, 47 patients were observed for a two year
period. These patients had all been medically diagnosed with
persistent asthma ranging from mild persistent in 11 cases, moderate
persistent in 28 cases, to severe persistent in 8 cases. The
care rendered consisted of specific chiropractic adjustments. The
range of visits was from 14 to 44, with the average being 26 during the
study period. Most patients in the study began care at a rate of 3 visits
per week with this frequency being reduced after 4 to 8 initial weeks.
The patient results were very good with all 47 of the
study patients showing a marked improvement ranging from 87 to 100
percent. Patient observed improvement was measured by both
improvement in their symptoms as well as a decrease in their usage
of acute asthma attack medication. Even more impressive was that all of
the patients in the study reported maintaining their improvement after a
two-year follow up.