A Multimodal Chiropractic Approach for Asthma: A 10-Patient Retrospective Case -Series Report and Retrospective Review

A Multimodal Chiropractic Approach for Asthma: A 10-Patient Retrospective Case -Series Report and Retrospective Review
by Scott Cuthbert, DC
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ABSTRACT

Objective: To describe the clinical management of 10 cases of childhood asthma using a conservative, multimodal treatment approach based on applied kinesiology (AK) chiropractic methods. A literature review of published chiropractic research on the treatment of asthma is also presented.

Clinical Features: Ten patients are presented (7 male, 3 female) between the ages of 3 and 22. Each patient had been medically diagnosed and treated for asthma, and 9 out of 10 were taking one or more asthma medications.

Intervention and Outcome: After physical, orthopedic, and manual muscle-testing (MMT) examination, the patients were admitted to a multimodal treatment protocol including chiropractic manipulative treatment (CMT), cranial manipulative therapy, muscle therapies aimed at strengthening the muscles of respiration, and nutritional evaluation through the methods developed in AK chiropractic. The outcome measures for the study were subjective/objective visual analogue respiratory impairment scales (VAS), improvement in exercise-induced asthma symptoms, coughing, fatigue, and ease of breathing. Additionally, each patient went off his or her asthma medications over a range of 3 to 6 visits and did not experience a return of their asthma symptoms for 14 days to 5 months.

Conclusion: This case series demonstrates the potential benefit of a multimodal chiropractic protocol in resolving symptoms associated with asthma.

Key Indexing Terms: Chiropractic; Asthma; Asthma, Exercise-Induced Therapy; Respiratory Mechanics, Work of Breathing; Muscle Weakness; Nutrition Disorders; Kinesiology, Applied.

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