Suffering from sleep apnea? Research offers new solution

“It’s been years… and I’ve tried everything!”

This is something we hear a lot in our Chiropractic Consultations.

So many people literally try everything before finding their way into a Chiropractic office… much less a Life By Design Chiropractic office.

Why are we talking about sleep?

…because some exciting new Chiropractic research relating to sleep apnea was just published.

Some people are concerned about the amount of research supporting the claims Chiropractors make…and that there’s generally not enough.

This may have been the case in the past… though the evidence is mounting!

So let’s review a recent case study looking at the effects Chiropractic care had on sleep apnea

… and more importantly…

why this was the case.

What is sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the recurrent partial and complete obstruction to the throat and nose passages during sleep.

OSA leads to daytime sleepiness and can be mild, moderate or severe in its impact on your daily life.

You may be noticing…

  • poor quality of sleep
  • waking up gasping for air multiple times per night
  • feeling groggy even after getting a full night sleep
  • morning headaches
  • reduced memory and concentration
  • cardiovascular disorders
  • metabolic disorders

This pattern describes someone suffering from sleep apnea.

In fact, you may even be keeping your partner up all night too, as snoring is usually involved with sleep apnea… so you’re both going to be cranky in the morning.

If you’re not getting a full night’s sleep or good quality sleep, it can be absolutely devastating to your life… we cover why this is in more detail here.

Sleep is critically important… good quality sleep is essential for living an extraordinary life!

Some of the risk factors for sleep apnea are:

  • Snoring if younger than 60 years
  • Increasing age
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol use
  • Face or head abnormalities
  • If someone in your family has it

Current treatments available

The easiest way to avoid sleep apnea is to control the common lifestyle factors which contribute to it… as noted above.

If you are suffering from sleep apnea, it’s absolutely essential you keep away from alcohol, especially in the evening. Alcohol is a sedative and has shown to increase both frequency and duration of sleep apneas.

In fact, avoiding all sedatives, including antihistamines is recommended.

You may also be prescribed either a mouthguard or CPAP machine to physically keep your throat open.

CPAP is a bulky device, but is generally quite effective… when used (same for the mouth guard).

The drawbacks to the CPAP are:

  • excessively noisy for other people in the room
  • you have to remember to use it
  • you become reliant on it
  • it doesn’t solve the core problem, the reason you are having apnea in the first place

The last intervention that can be done is throat surgery.

Invasive procedures should be avoided, if possible, as there is always the chance of complications… even with the most routine procedures.

Plus, researchers are not even sure of the effectiveness of surgery as it only addresses the symptoms, not the cause.

There are currently no medications for sleep apnea.

So, let’s take a look at the research.

Review of the case study

Recent research reporting on improvement in a 51-year-old male reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in managing people with sleep apnea.

The research, reported in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, includes a review of the literature supporting the role of chiropractic in patients suffering from sleep apnea and related issues.

In the case reported on in the article, a 51-year-old man presented to a chiropractic clinic for chiropractic care with a chief complaint of sleeping problems associated with sleep apnea that had been ongoing for 8 years.

His examination revealed vertebral subluxations he and began to see an improvement in his sleep apnea after just three visits.

Got that? Three visits! After 8 years of suffering.

The patient began to see an improvement in his chief complaint after three visits.

After thirty-three visits, the patient was noted to have an improvement and resolution of symptoms associated with his sleep apnea.

This was life altering for this individual!

But why did this happen?

Resolution of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Following Chiropractic Care to Reduce Vertebral Subluxation

Kahlid Mankal, B.S., D.C. & Meghan Jenks, B.S., DC

Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ June 12, 2017 ~ Pages 113-118

the link between chiropractic and sleep

You’re probably thinking…

“It’s great it worked for that guy, but how can I be sure chiropractic care can help me?”

Chiropractic care is not a treatment for sleep apnea… or even poor sleep.

We’re concerned with analyzing your spine and nerve system, the master control system.

Our Bio-Structural Examination can determine if you have a core with your spine and nervous system.

If a core problem exists, that’s when we can help. Chiropractic care allows for better nerve system (or master control system) function within your body.

In clinical practice, we often see issues with sleep improved as the body begins to function better through Chiropractic care.

What can I do to start getting better sleep today?

What’s most important is identifying the risk factors you can control. You can’t change your age or whether it runs in your family.

Here’s what you CAN do:

If you’re already implementing some of these steps and are stuck… then find out if we can help.

Schedule your free consultation to have one of our doctors review your case and find out if the Life By Design Chiropractic Method can help.

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Dr Brian Lanoue is a Life By Design Chiropractor, blogger and speaker on achieving extraordinary health. It is Brian’s passion and mission to empower you, your family and your community to live extraordinary lives. Brian co-owns The Powerhouse Chiropractic in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada with his partner Thea.