Asthma & Chiropractic

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the respiratory airways. Asthma has a multifactorial etiology including genetic, allergic, environmental, infectious, emotional, and nutritional factors.

Asthma prevalence increased from 7.3% in 2001 to 8.4% in 2010 with an estimated 25.7 million people suffering from asthma. Asthma is the fourth-leading cause of disability in children, and one of the most common reasons for school absenteeism. The impact of the disease is staggering with 5,000 deaths yearly and $6 billion a year for asthma-related health care costs.

There is also a positive association between cesarean delivery and occurrence of respiratory problems. Studies have found that delivery by cesarean showed an association with the diagnosis of asthma. Infants born through cesarean surgery have a greater risk of sensitization to food allergens.

Research has shown that the most common non-musculoskeletal conditions reported by patients as being improved under chiropractic were improved breathing (27%), digestion (26%), and circulation (21%).

There is increasing evidence that the underlying process driving and maintaining the asthmatic inflammatory process is an abnormal or inadequately regulated CD4+ T-cell (Th2) immune response to otherwise harmless environmental antigens. The end result of these complex interactions is a cascading immune and inflammatory response characterized by airway eosinophilia, mucus hypersecretion, and airway hyper-responsiveness- the hallmarks of asthma.

Vertebral subluxation is stressful to body tissues and can modulate specific and nonspecific immune responses and may alter the trophic function of the involved nerves.

Subluxation can be directly related to the asthma/immune response and chiropractic care has been shown to improve immune responses and lung capacity.

If the structure is subluxated in such a way that it causes additional stress to the sympathetic nervous system this could lead to a heightened immune response causing an individual to react to environmental asthma triggers more easily.

The boy reported on in this study had been diagnosed with chronic asthma along with several other functional disorders including: insomnia, headaches, dizziness, neck pain, low back pain, stomachaches, constipation, diarrhea, allergies, eczema and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

He had a history of trauma starting before birth. The mother had preeclampsia, as well as an emergency cesarean section. He was involved in a car accident when he was six years of age. He underwent medical intervention throughout his life and had multiple visits to the emergency room.

The chiropractor examined the child and found abnormal posture and structural shifts in his upper neck, mid and low back. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.

Following chiropractic care the boy has not been to the hospital, his asthma resolved and he has been able to reduce the amount of medication use from four times daily to an as needed basis. His sleeping has become normal and his headaches, stomachaches, constipation, diarrhea, neck pain, and back pain have all have subsided. His eczema has improved and he is no longer in need of special accommodations for ADHD. His grades are much better and he made honor roll while only missing one day of school.

Have you considered chiropractic care for asthma? As a chiropractor in Murrysville, Dr. Tressler specializes in identifying and treating the cause of your problem. If you're looking for natural treatments for asthma in Murrysville, please contact us or book online today.


Resolution of Asthma and other Functional Disorders Following Chiropractic Care to Reduce Vertebral Subluxations in a Nine Year Old Male. Pamela Stone-McCoy, DC, CACCP & Clifford J. Taylor, DC. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic ~ April 9, 2018 ~ Pages 26-33

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