Let’s look at the results of two studies where the presence and correction of vertebral subluxation were used as criteria. The media has been strangely silent about them.A study of 81 asthmatic children reported an improvement in 90.1% after being under chiropractic care for 60 days. The children ranged from 1 to 17 years of age. The number of asthma “attacks” decreased by an average of 44.9%, and 30.9% decreased their use of medication. The authors concluded that “Chiropractic care, for correction of vertebral subluxation, is a safe, non-pharmaceutical health care approach which may also be associated with significant decreases in asthma related impairment as well as a decreased incidence of asthmatic `attacks.’” (2)In another study involving 55 patients, improved pulmonary function was reported in patients receiving spinal adjustments. The study noted significant functional and clinical effects following chiropractic care for the correction of upper cervical vertebral subluxation. (3)But no study can take into account the unique needs of an individual. Only a careful examination by a skilled doctor of chiropractic, using objective criteria, can determine if chiropractic care is appropriate.References1. Balon J, Aker PD, Crowther ER, et al: “A comparison of active and simulated chiropractic manipulation as adjunctive treatment for childhood asthma.” New England Journal of Medicine 1998;339(15):1013.

2. Graham RL, Pistolese RA: “An impairment rating analysis of asthmatic children under chiropractic care.” Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 1997;1(4):41.

3. Kessinger R: “Changes in pulmonary function associated with upper cervical specific chiropractic care.” Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 1997;1(3):43.