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Conservative Treatment Using Chiropractic Care and Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Case Report

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Structural and chiropractic

J Chiropr Med. 2023 Sep;22(3):234-238. doi: 10.1016/j.jcm.2023.03.008. Epub 2023 Jun 22.

Authors:

David E Hopper, Gregory Cramer

Abstract.

Objective: The purpose of this case study was to describe the use of chiropractic care in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Clinical features: A 42-year-old man with obesity presented for chiropractic care. He had OSA and was seeking a way to reduce snoring. The patient had a previous diagnosis of OSA and had been using a continuous positive airway pressure machine for over 5 years. The patient was a mouth breather, exhibiting poor oral and spinal posture. Intervention and outcome: The patient was treated for 90 days, which included chiropractic manipulation, orofacial myofunctional therapy exercises, nutritional modification, postural/ergonomic correction, and regular exercise. After a course of care, there was a drop in his apnea-hypopnea index from 55.4 events per hour to 3.4 events per hour. The patient lost 40 pounds, with an 8% reduction in body fat and an 8-point drop in his body mass index. Conclusion: This patient's sleep apnea and other health outcomes improved under a course of a combination of chiropractic adjustments, orofacial myofunctional therapy, nutritional modification, postural/ergonomic correction, and exercise.

Publication Date: 

2023 Sep

OEID: 

7128

Hopper, ED., Cramer, G. (2023) 'Conservative Treatment Using Chiropractic Care and Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Case Report', J Chiropr Med. 2023 Sep;22(3):234-238. doi: 10.1016/j.jcm.2023.03.008. Epub 2023 Jun 22.

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