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Asthma Sufferers May Benefit From Spinal Manipulation

The above were the findings of a research study performed in Australia where 420 individuals were studied. On October 5th 2002, at the 9th International Conference on Spinal Manipulation in Toronto, Ray Hayek, Ph.D., head of the investigative team told the assembly that patients suffering from asthma will benefit from spinal manipulation as far as symptoms, immunological capacity, and endocrine effects.

The proceedings and report from this study were published for the August 24, 2002 release from the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research, (FCER). During that release Dr. Hayek reported that regarding the 420 patients documented in study solely those patients from the group which received spinal manipulation showed significant improvement in asthma symptoms, depression and anxiety.

The report also noted there were positive biochemical and physiological changes which were certainly not expected from spinal manipulation. The report suggested, "These biochemical changes not simply declare that the results of spinal manipulation will be more far-reaching than commonly believed, but that they will likely be a little more long-term also."

Even though study had not been specific to chiropractic care, chiropractic adjustments is the most specific method of spinal manipulation. The findings of the above study reinforce other studies previously performed that demonstrate the advantage of chiropractic care for anyone struggling with asthma. In a study conducted in 1996 by the Michigan Chiropractic Association (MCA), a panel of doctors performed an outcomes assessment study to evaluate the qualitative and quantitative effectiveness of chiropractic care on kids with asthma. The outcomes of the study indicated that after thirty days of chiropractic care, patients averaged just one asthma attack, whereas previous to this research they were experiencing greater than four attacks. Additionally, in the Michigan study it had been noted that medications, which is often costly, were decreased by nearly 70 % in the patients who participated.

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