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"Squeezing" Your Wheezes Away?
Created on 12/1/2009
I support the use of osteopathic or chiropractic manipulation for uncomplicated neck and back problems - but can spinal manipulation be reasonably employed to help people with, as T asks, asthma?

Most sound medical research to date suggests no. That said, working to gently release any obstruction to the natural movements of the rib cage to enable easier breathing makes some sense on a mechanical level. So, while spinal manipulation may not help, could other forms of manipulation be of benefit? Maybe...

As you know, T, asthma is a serious condition and requires conventional medical care as the centerpiece to treatment.  Read More>>
Cranial Osteopathy - Are You "Sick in the Head?"
Created on 11/10/2009
Can gentle, strategically-applied pressure on your head and face offer therapeutic relief to people who have sinusitis?

Some practitioners of cranial osteopathy believe so, and also believe that the gentle manipulations employed can be used to help relieve health problems in other parts of the body.

The field of cranial osteopathy is somewhat controversial, however; the philosophy underpinning cranial osteopathy is challenged by many conventional medical practitioners. That stated, I have seen some people with sinus problems benefit from this relaxing and gentle approach. I simply recommend exploring some other options first. Read More>>
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