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Chiropractic and Lung Disease

2 Dec 2017
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Chiropractic and Lung Disease

Chiropractic and Lung Disease

With so many treatment options available, it can be challenging to figure out which options are best for you. For someone with lung disease, the pressure of living with a chronic condition while trying to find the right treatments can be overwhelming. Some of the current treatments available for people with lung disease include pulmonary rehabilitation, medications, and at times, lung transplant. However, combining alternative and traditional treatments can help improve a patient’s quality of life. Some of the alternative treatment options include cellular therapy, acupuncture and even chiropractic care for lung disease.

What is chiropractic care?

According to the American Chiropractic Association, chiropractic is a health care profession which focuses on the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, and how disorders in these systems effect general health.

Doctors of Chiropractic or chiropractors generally practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care which includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Many chiropractors use the whole health approach in patient care. Spinal manipulation is the most common therapeutic procedure performed by chiropractors. Physicians and chiropractors are generally part of a team of clinicians to help patients.

Chiropractors may combine spinal manipulations and other manual therapies with other approaches, such as heat and ice, relaxation techniques, rehabilitative and general exercise, and counseling about lifestyle, diet and dietary supplements.

Why try chiropractic care for lung disease?

Chiropractic and Lung Disease

Because chiropractors can combine chiropractic adjustments with other therapies, they can help patients improve their quality of life. Chiropractic care benefits people with neck pain, back pain, headaches, and other conditions, while helping people maintain a better quality of life. Currently chiropractic studies are being performed to see what role chiropractic plays in treating patients with lung disease.

In a study of fifteen patients with moderate COPD, five received soft tissue therapy, five received soft tissue therapy plus spinal manipulation, and the remaining five received soft tissue therapy, manipulation and exercise. Lung function was measured before treatment began and then again after four weeks of treatment. Of the patients studied, those who received manipulations had less gasping for breath, and those in the group that received all three treatments had better lung capacity and could walk longer distances.

Because chest wall impairment is a contributing factor in the prognosis of COPD, reducing this impairment could improve a patient’s prognosis. Both spinal manipulation and soft tissue therapy can increase joint mobility and decrease muscle tension. It is thought that applying these techniques to the chest wall in someone with COPD could reduce chest wall rigidity, making it easier to breathe.

Trying alternative therapies

Traditional treatment options used in combination with chiropractic care, acupuncture and other alternative treatments, such as cellular therapy can help improve the quality of life for people with chronic lung disease. If you or someone you love has lung disease and would like more information about cellular therapy at the Lung Institute, contact us at (800) 729-3065.


  1. Lung Institute

    4 months ago


    Thank you for your comment and question. That is great that your insurance company will cover your cellular treatments. We do not make or create billing codes. They are created by the American Medical Association (AMA) and as of right now, they have not created one for our treatments.


    The Lung Institute

  2. Joseph Higdon

    4 months ago

    My Ins FINALLY said they would cover cellular treatment but you claim to have no billing code. why not?

  3. Lung Institute

    4 months ago


    Thank you for your comment and question. While many of our blogs focus on COPD, we have written quite a few on pulmonary fibrosis. Here is a link to our stories that focus on IPF. Sometimes it seems we use COPD as more of a catch-all phrase when we really mean lung diseases in general, though we do realize each type of lung disease has its own specific symptoms.

    Our team has a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment, candidacy and cost. We’re happy to answer your questions. Feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with our dedicated medical team. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    The Lung Institute

  4. Martin Geher

    4 months ago

    so far, YOU ONLY mention copd. how about IPF??????

  5. PB

    2 years ago

    Hello Richard,

    Thanks for your comment, and we’re glad that you found this article helpful.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  6. Very interesting article, and it has important usable information, most of us with COPD are…let’s face it are fat….and that throws our backs,spinal curvature a definate situation where we have multi problems ….But it mig h t just be an adjustment of spine which unlocks other health issues….acid reflux, heartburn ,or heart issues , this body we have is a machine, think of all the moving parts and when a part breaks down, rethink ,how’d this happen and what’s next…But more importantly, How can I fix this so it doesn’t happen again….

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