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Knee-Chest Adjustment Improves the Lungs?

Lung function is a good measurement of the overall health of an individual. A study was conducted on 58 patients to determine how cervical knee-chest adjustment influenced pulmonary function.

FEV-1 (forced expiratory volume in one second) and FVC (forced vital capacity) were measured before care and two weeks after care on a computerized spirometer.

Analysis of the spirometry measurements revealed statistically significant changes in FVC and FEV-1. Of the 58 patients, 33 (57%) were considered to have "abnormal" lung function before care. The rest were within the normal range. The abnormal group showed the greatest increases in FVC and FEV-1 over the two-week study, with average increases toward expected results of 9% and 8% respectively. The "normal" subject population also showed increases in tendency to return to normal in just two weeks under specific chiropractic care. A discussion of the brain stem, its control over the respiratory system, and the clinical significance of its anatomical position relative to C1-C2 is included.

Kessinger R. Specific upper-cervical chiropractic care and lung function. Chiropractic Research Journal, Spring 1997;IV(1), pg27.
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