Asthma/AllergyChiropracticProf. Ernst

Review: Spinal manipulation to treat asthma

Prof. Ernst reviewed the evidence.

First, the details.

  • 3 studies of spinal manipulation as a treatment of asthma were included in the review.
  • All of the studies were considered excellent in design (Jadad score 5).
  • All used sham-manipulation as the control.

And, the results.

  • No study showed that real manipulation was more effective than sham-manipulation for improving lung function or subjective symptoms.

The bottom line?

Prof Ernst concluded, “The best studies available indicate that spinal manipulation is not an effective treatment for asthma.”

2/3/10 22:01 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.