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Rowane, AW., Rowane, PM. (1999) 'An osteopathic approach to asthma ', J Am Osteopath Assoc. 1999 May;99(5):259-64.

J Am Osteopath Assoc. 1999 May;99(5):259-64.

An osteopathic approach to asthma

W A Rowane, M P Rowane


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 non-pharmacologic 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.

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