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Chiropractic Care for Asthma

If you are looking for natural asthma treatment, you may want to consider adding chiropractic to your regimen. In the U.S., asthma is increasing in prevalence by 50% every decade and each year Americans consume almost 5 billion dollars worth of asthma medication.

Furthermore, approximately 25 million Americans suffer from asthma and many patients are children. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, 8.4% of the population under 18 years of age have chronic breathing issues related to asthma. The pharmaceutical industry continues to make medications for asthma, but most of them have unwanted side-effects and only provide temporary relief.

Child with asthma and inhaler

Drugs may temporarily reduce symptoms but ignore any underlying nerve disturbance.

Because medications pose significant risks, many Americans are beginning to turn to chiropractic for relief of asthma. Chiropractic is not necessarily a “treatment” for asthma, but it often times enables a person to function better which leads to a better quality of life. In fact, there is research that suggests a link between the spinal column, the nervous system and the respiratory system. This may be why so many have mentioned improved breathing after receiving expert chiropractic care from Dr. Christopher Kawa, a chiropractor in Brick, NJ.

Dr. Kawa uses a “functional” approach to delivering chiropractic care to his patients. This means that instead of treating conditions and diseases, he instead looks at the body from a functional perspective and locates areas, particularly in the spine and nervous system, for interference. For instance, nerves that come from the upper back area (upper Thoracic), are often irritated due to fixations (stuck vertebrae) and mis-alignments of the spinal bones in that area. These nerves actually feed the lungs with energy.

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In addition, the diaphragm is the main muscle that we use to breathe. The nerves that control the diaphragm come out between the vertebrae in the middle of the neck. If these nerves are disturbed due to poor posture and mis-alignment, the energy to the diaphragm could be altered; thus, breathing patterns can be affected. Dr. Kawa can locate these spinal malfunctions and use precisely delivered corrections to restore function to the joints and establish better nerve flow.

A Look At Some Of The Research

Numerous studies have looked at whether chiropractic can benefit patients with asthma and the conclusions are that spinal adjustments may help many asthmatics. In fact, a study conducted in Australia by Dr. Ray Hayek, Ph.D., on over 400 asthmatic patients has shown that chiropractic care can lower cortisol levels and improve asthma symptoms. Higher levels of an important immune antibody (IgA) were also reported. (Source:

Other research published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research shows the results experienced by 81 children with asthma who were under chiropractic care. The 60-day study showed that those that received chiropractic care, experienced a 45% decrease in the number of asthma “attacks” and that 31% of the participants were able to decrease the amount of medications taken.

These studies show the dramatic effects of improving nerve function by adjusting the spine.

Non-Invasive Nerve Testing

At our Brick, NJ Chiropractor office, Dr. Kawa uses the latest, state-of-the-art test to determine whether or not you have nerve interference that could be contributing to asthma symptoms.

Give our office a call today to receive a no-charge consultation so that you can ask Dr. Kawa any questions you may have so that he can let you know if he can possibly help! Call 732-920-8844.