chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
COPD makes the effortless act of breathing difficult. COPD is a
lung disease in which there is chronic obstruction of airflow when a person
tries to breathe normally and isn’t fully reversible. Terms like chronic
bronchitis and emphysema fall into the category of COPD. Spirometry is the go-to test for making the COPD diagnosis. (1) It measures how deeply a person
can breathe and how fast air can move in and out of the lungs. Pretty simple!
Chiropractic for COPD:
A few research articles have been published describing the
positive effects of chiropractic care for patients with COPD. Some of these
articles go back many, many years, so chiropractic’s benefit for COPD patients
isn’t new. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation often find that patients with COPD may come to our
clinic for one condition and find some relief for their COPD as well. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation
works interdisciplinarily with COPD patients and their medical healthcare
providers to optimize care.
Research demonstrates the benefit of chiropractic spinal manipulation
for patients with COPD. One paper describes chiropractic care of a patient with
a 20 year history of COPD. Using chiropractic manipulation, nutrition and
exercise, the patient’s COPD symptoms improved: forced vital capacity, forced
expiratory volume, and ease of breathing. (2) Another paper shows the benefit
of manipulation and exercise for improved forced vital capacity, walking
distance, and dyspnea levels. No adverse effects are reported for the studies’
moderate COPD patients. (3) A third paper reports on a case series of
patients over 65 years old with COPD. Spinal manipulation is shown to have the potential to improve lung function in these patients. (4)
Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation offers
the most gentle form of chiropractic spinal manipulation, Cox® Technic. The
safe distraction of the spine with Cox Technic flexion distraction feels good
and helps, too.
Whether you are over 65
years or younger, contact Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation. We can build a treatment plan to
test the advantage of chiropractic spinal manipulation as an adjunct to your
current care plan for your COPD. Working interdisciplinarily with your current
COPD physician may be important.