STUDIES: Asthma / Allergies / Chronic Cough
note: Case studies summarizing patientsí responses
to care are intended for educational purposes
only and do not imply a guarantee of benefit.
Individual results may vary, depending upon several
factors including age of the patient, severity
of the condition, severity of the spinal injury,
and duration of time the condition has been present.
Age 13, Chronic Cough, Allergies, Ear Infections,
13-year-old female was chronically sick since
birth. Her mother described her as getting a sinus/upper
respiratory infection 5-6 times per year, each
time also having an ear infection. By age 5, she
had her tonsils and adenoids removed and had also
had several sets of tubes for ear infections.
By age 12, she began suffering from a chronic
cough, daily headaches, and pain at the base of
her skull/upper neck region.
her initial evaluation, it was discovered that
she had sustained an injury to her upper neck.
Her mother described several possible traumas
including using suction at her birth, a skate
boarding accident, and a concussion after falling
off the monkey bars. During the first week of
care, her cough, headaches, and neck pain were
markedly reduced. She also described having a
lot of drainage out of her nose. Within a month,
her nasal congestion, cough, headaches, and pain
were all absent. Six months later, she had no
experienced any infections during that time.
Age 4, Constipation, Allergies
4-year-old male was involved in auto accident
with his mother at age 2. During the accident,
he was seated in his car seat in the back seat.
While he had been completely health prior to the
accident, following the accident he developed
allergies, frequent colds, and constipation. Seasonal
allergies began the spring following the accident
and worsened ever since. His mother also reported
that he came down frequently with colds, almost
constantly throughout the winter. Constipation
had also become a problem following the accident.
At his worst, he would not have a bowel movement
more than once per week. Even though his mother
had changed his diet tremendously to help his
elimination, at his best, he still only had three
bowel movements per week.
his initial upper cervical chiropractic evaluation,
an upper neck injury was discovered, which most
likely stemmed from the accident two years prior.
After a single adjustment, his neck injury healed
and stabilized and no further adjustments were
necessary. Within ten days of the adjustment,
his mother reported that his allergies and constipation
were both better. By the third week, no allergies
were reported and he was having normal bowel movements
once per day. Several months later, all symptoms
Age 6, Allergies & Asthma
6 year-old female first began suffering from asthma
and allergies at age 3. She experienced chronic
congestion in her nose and lungs, especially at
night, and when exposed to animal dander, chemicals,
and dust. Her medication use included regular
use of asthma inhalers and claritin. Her parents
were frightened by her frequent asthma attacks
and breathing trouble and also complained of her
nasal voice due to chronic nasal congestion.
her evaluation, an upper cervical injury was discovered.
The source of the injury was unknown. After her
first upper cervical adjustment, she maintained
her alignment for close to two months and experienced
a marked decrease in her asthma/allergy attacks
and medication use. Several months later, all
symptoms were absent, so her medication use was
Age 7, Allergies
7-year-old male suffered with allergies for the
past 4 years. His symptoms included eye irritation
(swollen, red, itchy eyes) and nasal congestion.
His worst time of year was during June and July.
He had tried numerous allergy medications and
homeopathic remedies, some of which helped but
the problems persisted.
his initial evaluation, an upper cervical misalignment
was discovered. When questioned as to possible
causes of the upper neck injury, his mother recalled
his birth, which required suction and vacuum,
and caused at misshapen head.
underwent treatment at the beginning of June and
survived his typically worst months without any
eye irritation or congestion. In fact, after the
first adjustment was administered, his allergy
symptoms subsided and never returned.
Age 41, Chronic Allergy & Sinus Problems
41-year-old female suffered with allergies since
age 17. She described suffering with runny nose,
congestion, sinus pressure, swollen throat, and
itchy eyes and ears for years with the symptoms
getting worse during the past two years. She reported
having reactions to animals and even to the fresh
ink of the morning newspaper. She had used multiple
medications for years including prescription and
over the counter decongestants and reported using
3 pills per day for the past year.
her initial chiropractic evaluation, an upper
neck injury was discovered. She recalled multiple
traumas that preceded her onset of allergies including
a car accident, a fall off of a horse while riding,
and several gymnastics falls.
the first few weeks of care, she began to notice
less allergic reactions and less allergy symptoms
overall. She described herself as being able to
breathe more easily and that she was less congested.
After the first month of care, she realized she
was hardly having any allergic reactions so she
began to decrease her medication use until she
had completely discontinued it. She reported how
she could be around animals with could read the
morning paper, no longer worrying about having
any allergic reactions. Six months later, her
improvements continued until she was completely
Age 42, Chronic Allergies and Asthma
42-year-old female had suffered with allergies
and asthma for the past 30 years. She regularly
saw her allergist, had allergy shots, and took
daily medications, but she was still miserable.
Most of the time, she was completely congested
and wheezing, despite the numerous asthma inhalers
and allergy pills. While she was extremely skeptical
that upper cervical chiropractic could do anything
for her, she figured it was worth a try because
she was so desperate.
her initial chiropractic evaluation, an upper
neck injury was discovered. During the first few
weeks of care, she began to notice her respiratory
system clearing up. She described herself as being
able to breathe more easily and that she was less
congested. After another month of care, she realized
she was doing much better and began to lessen
her medication dosages. After several more months,
it dawned on her that she had not needed to visit
her allergist or the emergency room for attacks
during this entire chiropractic care period, and
that fact astounded her. After several spring
and fall allergy seasons had gone by without any
flare-ups of her condition, she claimed she was
a true believer in upper cervical chiropractic
Age 40, Chronic Allergies, Sinus Problems
40-year-old male had suffered with allergies since
age 2. He had seen allergists his entire life
and took daily medications including claritin
and nasonex. It had been determined that he was
allergic to many foods (wheat, yeast, dairy, nuts)
and while he eliminated these foods from his diet,
the allergies continued. He described how his
nose was congested on a daily basis, and that
he frequently suffered from sinus headaches, infections,
and pressure. While he was not aware of a neck
injury, he decided to be evaluated upon recommendation
by a friend.
his initial chiropractic evaluation, an upper
cervical injury was found. Upon correction of
his neck, his nose and sinuses began draining.
By the end of the first month of care, all draining
had ceased and his nose and sinuses were clear,
so he was able to substantially reduce his medications.
Age 4, Chronic Cough, Bedwetting
4-year-old boy's mother described her son's struggle with a chronic "barking"
cough for the past two years. He underwent numerous tests and his lungs were
clear and no allergies or infections were discovered. Nonetheless the cough
continued relentlessly and often kept him (and, as a result, his parents) awake
at night. He had tried cough medicines and homeopathic remedies but the cough
his examination, an upper neck injury was discovered. His mother recalled a
fall several years prior off of playground equipment that caused a concussion
and most likely caused the unknown neck injury. Within one month of care, all
coughing had stopped. In addition, his mother reported delightfully that he
had also stopped wetting the bed (he had been frequently wetting the bed for
the past year).
Age 60, Bilateral Shoulder Pain, Hay fever
60-year-old played volleyball and handball regularly. During the two months
prior to upper cervical care, however, he had been experiencing pain in both
shoulders and had to stop participating in sports. Due to his left shoulder
pain, he was unable to throw a ball. The pain bothered him daily and kept him
awake at night. He was taking daily pain medications. He also suffered from
hay fever for five years and took Sudafed daily. His massage therapist recognized
that in addition to his shoulder pain, he also had very tight neck muscles so
he recommended an upper cervical chiropractic exam.
the exam, it was discovered that he had a neck injury-- which seemed to be interfering
with the proper functioning of his shoulder joints. After having the neck injury
corrected (one month of upper cervical care), his shoulder pain healed so he
resumed playing his favorite sports. In addition, his hay fever was corrected
so he no longer required medications.
Age 5, Asthma, Neck Pain, Headaches, Sinus Congestion
5-year-old female frequently complained of neck pain and headaches. She also
suffered with severe asthma attacks for 3 years and frequently required emergency
room visits. In addition, she explained that her nose was constantly plugged
and that she had difficulty smelling. This child's neck injury most likely stemmed
from the birth process, as her mother reported that her daughter's birth was
difficult and premature.
week after this child's first upper cervical adjustment, her mother stated that
she began to sleep through the night without wheezing or coughing. The 5-year-old
said she had not noticed any trouble with her neck or headaches and she demonstrated
that she could now breathe through her nose. She was also able to discontinue
Age 27, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Headaches, Chronic Sinus Trouble
27-year-old male suffered from chronic sinus trouble since childhood. He continously
felt congested; he couldn't breathe through his nose; he felt chronic pressure
in his sinuses; and also suffered frequent infections that usually spread to
his ears as well. He claimed salt water washes seemed to help somewhat but that
the problem always returned. He also complained about his neck since grade school.
He claimed he felt a continuous need to "crack" it and suffered from
occassional torticollis episodes where his neck seized up and could not turn.
In addition, he complained of poor digestive health for approximately the past
10 years. He thought the problem started while traveling overseas but no one
could ever isolate a parsite or infection. He suffered from frequently diarrhea
episodes, usually at least once per day. Certain foods definitely exacerbated
the problem but diarrhea would continue no matter how bland of foods he ate.
Finally, he suffered from approximately one headache per week for the past year
prior to upper cervical care.
his initial upper cervical chiropractic examination, an upper neck injury was
discovered. When questioned about past traumas that could have caused his neck
injury, he recalled a bad car accident as a child and another during high school
in which he was flung against the dash board.
the first month of upper cervical care, all symptoms gradually lessened. By
month two, all symptoms were absent.
Age 58, Asthma, Shingles, Arm Tingling
58-year-old male suffered with asthma for 3 years. He used daily inhalers (4
puffs per day each of 2 inhalers for a total of 8 puffs per day) and still had
difficulty breathing while running or frequent talking. He also had an outbreak
of shingles on his torso and had been taking an anti-viral medication with no
results. In addition, he had been experiencing occasional tingling in his right
arm for many years. During his initial exam, an upper cervical injury was discovered
that was compromising his immune function.
the first upper cervical adjustment, the sores on his torso began healing. Within
two weeks, the lesions were gone. Also his arm tingling never occurred again
after the start of upper cervical care. His use of asthma inhalers was reduced
to 1 puff per day instead of 8 after several months of upper cervical care.
Eventually, all asthma medications were discontinued.
Age 45, Chronic Neck and Low Back Pain, Allergies
45-year-old male suffered with chronic neck pain since a neck injury in which
he dove into a shallow pool. The neck injury also created numbness in his fingers.
He also suffered from daily low back pain for the past seven years. In addition,
he was plagued with chronic nasal and chest congestion and coughed frequently.
upper cervical care, his neck and back pain healed, the numbness disappeared,
and his allergies were reduced 90 percent.
Age 51, Arm Numbness, Asthma
51-year-old male fell while skiing. Afterwards, he experienced numbness in his
left arm. The arm stayed constantly numb for three months before he sought help
from upper cervical care. In addition, he experienced asthma and allergies since
childhood and frequently used an inhaler for chest congestion. During his initial
chiropractic examination, an upper neck injury was discovered that most likely
stemmed from his ski accident.
the first adjustment, the numbness in his arm decreased to an intermittent occurrence.
One month later, the numbness was gone. He also noticed correction of an injury
in his left shoulder-- he no longer had pain there. Finally, the chest congestion
reduced substantially. He claimed his allergy symptoms improved 80-85% since
the beginning of care one month ago.
am writing to thank Dr. Elster for all the good work she's done on my neck.
The tingling sensation in my arm that I got from my ski accident is almost completely
gone and that is a big relief. Even more important for me, however, is that
my allergies and exercise-induced asthma are much better. I had looked at Dr.
Elster's literature before I went to see her, and understood the connection
she made between spinal cord irritation and allergies. In my case, the connection
seems to be very much there. My hay fever started to diminish within the first
three weeks of neck adjustments, and continued to improve all summer. I've had
less trouble with hay fever this summer than any summer since I moved to Colorado.
The hay fever improvement is easy to notice, but I wouldn't be surprised to
find that my other organs have been helped by this treatment as well. So, thank
you for changing my life. " Brian, age 51, October '99
Age 16, Chronic Sinus Congestion, Sinus Headaches
16-year-old female suffered with chronic sinus trouble since approximately third
grade. She always had a stuffy nose and clogged sinuses and had frequent colds,
causing her to feel sinus pressure and headaches. One year ago she had surgery
for a deviated septum in an attempt to improve the problem but it had little
effect. She frequently felt sinus headaches and vertigo during altitude, pressure,
or weather changes.
her initial chiropractic examination, an upper cervical injury was found. After
upper cervical care, her sinuses drained, her nose cleared, she breathed freely
through her nose, and she no longer had headaches, pressure, or vertigo.
Age 40, Chronic Cough
40-year-old female suffered with a chronic cough during the past two spring
allergy seasons. Last year the cough lasted for 2 months. This year, it started
in February and was present for four straight months before seeking help from
upper cervical care. She took three courses of antibiotics with no effects.
She had frequent coughing attacks and a constant tickle in the back of her throat.
During this patient's upper cervical examination, an injury was found in her
upper neck that was compromising her immune function.
the first adjustment, her cough decreased. One week later, she reported only
coughing a couple of times. And two weeks later, the cough was completely gone.
She only had to be adjusted three times and is currently on maintenance care
to make sure the cough never returns.
Age 23, Chronic Allergic Cough
23-year-old female suffered with a chronic, dry, hacking cough for 7 years.
The cough started during the fall allergy season 7 years ago and then progressed
to occurring in both fall and spring allergy seasons in the last 2 years. She
recalled a fall where she landed on the side of her face on concrete prior to
the onset of the cough. She described the cough as dry and hacking and at times
felt like she coughed up a lung. She was prone to having coughing attacks where
she started coughing and could not stop no matter how hard she tried. She was
allergy tested and tried cough drops, cough medicines, nasal and oral inhalers,
and drinking fluids; none of which helped. Other health care providers were
unable to diagnose her problem or help her. Her lung x-rays appeared normal.
her upper cervical examination, a neck injury was found that most likely stemmed
from her fall on the concrete. Within the first month of upper cervical care,
her cough was absent. Two years later, the cough had not returned.
began having a dry, hacking cough around the spring and fall about 8 years ago.
The cough was very hard and forceful at times and lasted one-two months. I tried
to alleviate the cough with over the counter cough medicines but that didn't
work. Then I tried a prescription cough syrup that I took for several years
but it was not working. An x-ray of my lungs was even taken but revealed nothing.
Eventually I was referred to an allergist who found me to be an allergic person,
but did not know what was causing the cough. He prescribed oral and nasal inhalers,
with no luck. I then read about Dr. Erin Elster. She took x-rays and found a
vertebra in my cervical area of my spine to be out of place and made her adjustment.
After only a few adjustments, my cough disappeared (spring 1997) and has stayed
away for an entire year with check-ups. This is the most anyone has been able
to do for my chronic allergic cough in 7 years!" Sara, age 23, July '98
Age 27, Asthma, Allergies
I admit I was a bit of a skeptic in the beginning--but no more! After living
with asthma, allergies, and congestion for more than 20 years, I was ready to
try anything. Carrying Kleenex, allergy pills, 2 inhalers and constantly worrying
about an attack was wearing me down. After discussing Dr. Erin Elster's practice,
I decided to try it out. The first adjustment not only cleared my sinuses, but
also had an impact on my chronic asthma. Everything was so clear. I continued
to visit Dr. Elster on a weekly basis and now every two weeks. It has become
apparent to me that within a few short months, Dr. Elster has begun to unravel
a mystery that conventional medicine continues to ponder. I no longer carry
Kleenex and I can't remember the last time I took an allergy pill. I must thank
Dr. Elster for improving the quality of my life. I wish I had known about this
when I was much younger!" Stefanie, age 27, April '98
Age 29, Allergies
29-year-old female suffered with allergies for 5 years. Each year the symptoms
worsened. She was affected year-round except the winter season. Her symptoms
included irritated eyes, sneezing, and a plugged nose. She claimed that she
hadn't been able to breathe out of her nose in 5 years. She tried allergy shots,
nasal sprays, and medications such as Claritin. Upon examination, an injury
was found in this patient's upper cervical spine.
3 weeks of upper cervical care, her allergies were absent. She discontinued
all medications and was able to breath through her nose. Two years later, her
symptoms had not returned.
been severely affected with allergies for the past five years. During those
years, I've depended on strong, irritating allergy pills to control my wheezing,
constant runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing-- especially awful during spring
and fall. Since seeing Dr. Elster for only one month during prime allergy season,
my allergies have disappeared. I haven't taken any allergy medication since
my treatment began with her. Only a series of minor neck adjustments have been
performed by Dr. Elster and the results were immediate. Dr. Elster has changed
my life in one month by helping me understand why I was affected with allergies,
how they occurred, and how I can prevent them from affecting me again. No more
awful allergy pills -- and I can breathe through my nose again!" Melinda,
age 29, October '97
Age 15, Allergies
15-year-old female had allergies since a fall
on her head as a young child in which she suffered
a concussion. She used nasal sprays such as Flonase
daily to help her breathe. She also complained
of low back pain for several years.
treatment of her upper cervical injury (most likely
stemming from the concussion), her allergies were
gone (her mother had not had to reorder flonase)
and the low back pain was gone as well.
Age 14, Asthma
14-year-old female suffered from asthma since approximately age 7. She and her
family recalled several falls and car accidents prior to the onset of asthma.
The asthma was aggravated by exercise, cold weather, sicknesses, and pollens/grasses.
Her medications included use of Tilade inhaler 1 time per day and Proventil
inhaler 2 times per day. She could not run more than a 1/2-mile without wheezing.
During her chiropractic examination, an upper cervical injury was found.
was adjusted one time and one month later she was completely off Tilade inhaler
and was down to using Proventil inhaler 1 time per month at the most. In addition,
because her goal was to become a marine biologist, she was able to take diving
lessons which she was previously unable to do due to the asthma.
age 14, Asthma, Attention Deficit Disorder
14-year-old male suffered from severe asthma, present since childhood and attention
deficit disorder, diagnosed at 8 years old. He took 4 different medications
for asthma (2 inhalers and 2 oral medications) and dexedrine for ADD. During
this boy's upper cervical chiropractic examination, a neck injury was discovered.
1 1/2 months of care, his breathing was greatly improved so he was able to cut
his asthma medications substantially. His inhaler use was reduced and his oral
medications were cut to 1/4 of their original dose. In addition, his attention
span and concentration improved to the point that he paid attention in school
and concentrated on homework and reading assignments for hours. Eventually he
was able to discontinue his ADD medication.
Age 58, Asthma, Allergies
58-year-old female had allergies and asthma her entire life. She complained
of allergies year-round and had severe asthma attacks when she came in contact
with house pets. She took oral medications daily for allergies and carried asthma
medications with her for emergencies when visiting friends and families with
pets. Upon examination, an upper cervical injury was discovered. After several
months of upper cervical chiropractic care, her allergic reaction to pets was
completely absent. She had not experienced any asthma attacks and had been in
houses with pets at least a dozen times. Her allergies were greatly reduced,
she breathed easier through her nose, and had less of a nasal voice.
age 33, Hypothyroid, Asthma, Allergies, Low Back Pain
33-year-old female suffered from hypothyroidism, asthma, allergies, and low
back pain. The back pain resulted from a skiing accident 13 years ago and a
fall down stairs 1 year ago. Her medication use included synthetic thyroid hormone,
3 types of asthma inhalers used 4 times/day, plus nasal sprays for allergies.
During her examination, an upper cervical injury was found that possibly resulted
from either her accident or her fall.
1 month of upper cervical care, her asthma, allergies, and low back pain were
completely gone, and her thyroid regained function. She discontinued all medications
including inhalers and synthroid.
Age 25, Shortness of Breath
25-year-old male complained of shortness of breath during exertion as well as
during simple activities such as talking on the phone or singing with the radio
for 6 months. After many medical tests including chest x-ray and pulmonary function
tests, he was told that there was nothing wrong with him. During his chiropractic
examination, an upper cervical injury was discovered that was compromising his
respiratory function. After the first few adjustments, the breathing episodes
decreased in frequency.
2 months of care, all breathing difficulty was