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Review  |   May 1999
An osteopathic approach to asthma
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Review   |   May 1999
An osteopathic approach to asthma
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 1999, Vol. 99, 259-264. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1999.99.5.259
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 1999, Vol. 99, 259-264. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1999.99.5.259
Abstract

Asthma has become a serious challenge to clinical medicine today, with an increase in incidence, morbidity, and mortality over the past two decades. Asthma continues to be a problem despite increased knowledge of the pathophysiology of asthma coupled with the development of a variety of new and innovative medications that can be used to treat asthma. Five areas involving asthma management are reviewed and involve a failure to do the following: (1) identify disease instability and progression; (2) adopt an optimal pharmacologic treatment plan; (3) identify and help the patient avoid environmental triggers; (4) evaluate and treat certain disruptive psychodynamic issues; and (5) use essential nonpharmacologic modes of therapy such as osteopathic manipulation, nutritional considerations, physical training, and controlled breathing techniques that may help to favorably modify the asthma disease process.