When it comes to chiropractic care, much has been said about its proposed efficacy for a multitude of general pain symptoms.
With that in mind, might it be able to provide extensive relief for patients suffering from asthma?
A recent study looked to decipher the impact of chiropractic care for both the endocrine and immune system of patients with asthma. So far, it’s been found that specific chiropractic treatment for a six-week duration helps lower salivary cortisol levels for the entirety of the study’s 14-week period.
Interestingly, it was noted that there was often an increase in these levels during the initial couple weeks of treatment. This could most likely be explained by the anxiety patients felt visiting a chiropractic clinic for the first time. That being said, the decrease in cortisol experienced by patients who received continual chiropractic therapy over the study’s period is significant, considering two placebo groups showed unchanged cortisol values between the beginning and the end of the trial.
Also, a rise in specific salivary levels was witnessed in the group of chiropractic patients. This is most likely somewhat tied to the substantial drop in the severity and frequency of asthmatic attacks endured by this group of patients by study’s end. Perhaps most surprising, was that a significant decrease was seen in the overall erratic nature of asthmatic attacks in this group; this could be linked to their decreased cortisol levels, which could lead to an improved ability of patients to fend off possible threats of the pathogenic variety.
Further evaluation must be implemented on both a macro- and individual-level to determine whether chiropractic care improves both the endocrine and immune systems separately, or through one another; once this study’s data is further backed, many questions regarding the overall effectiveness of chiropractic therapy regimes will be answered. That being said, this study certainly seems to conclude that alternative methods like chiropractic care could help relieve symptoms of asthmatic patients. If you are looking for a non-invasive approach to your asthma symptoms, visit The Joint Englewood to begin putting your chiropractic health first.
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