23 Feb How Chiropractic Care Can Improve Heart Health
February is American Heart Month, and this past month, Americans everywhere are celebrating the importance of maintaining their heart health while promoting healthy lifestyles. However, what we don’t realize is that leading a healthy lifestyle is simply not enough to prevent common health issues like heart disease.
Often referred to as “the silent killer,” heart disease claims 647,000 American lives every year. According to studies reported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) a person dies of heart disease every 37 seconds in the U.S.
Fortunately, chiropractic care is one of the best-kept secrets to maintaining your heart health. When you receive adjustments from your McAllen chiropractor at Hendrick Wellness Center on a regular basis, you are decreasing your chances of developing heart disease in the future.
An Alternative Way to Manage Heart Health
When people think of visiting a chiropractor for an adjustment, they usually think of chiropractic care as a service to solely address back pain and body aches. However, studies continue to show that chiropractic adjustments greatly support the cardiovascular system, ultimately promoting heart health. In fact, chiropractic care can help relieve:
- Chest pain
- Reduce your heart rate
- Lower your blood pressure
- Prevent future heart attacks
Individuals who receiving proper chiropractic treatment have also experienced a decrease in stress levels and anxiety.
The Role Your Spine Play in Heart Health
In your spine, there are two nerves called the sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves which work to accelerate and decelerate your heartbeat. These nerves are located in the upper cervical and thoracic areas of your spine, and if your body is struggling with any misalignments or increased pressures in those areas–or “minor disturbances”–this can lead to the deregulation of your heart rate.
If left untreated, these minor disturbances can slowly lead to major consequences on the heart, as they interfere with communication from the spine to your brain. This is what is known as a subluxation. When this happens, your brain is no longer able to freely reach out to your central nervous system, leading to other health issues like migraines, hypothyroidism, diabetes, or even kidney disease.
At the same time, chiropractic adjustments that treat these specific subluxations can help individuals receiving treatment lower their systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels, lessening the burden of work placed on the heart to pump blood throughout your body. Lowering blood pressure can decrease the risk of left ventricular hypertrophy, or an enlarged heart. A heart that is enlarged has developed thick, stiff walls and cannot pump efficiently, which could ultimately lead to cardiac arrest.
Chiropractic Care, Heart Attacks, and Hendrick Wellness Center
Chiropractic care has been shown to assist people with their overall heart health. While generally family history and genetics play a large role in the development of health issues such as heart disease, there is still time to take charge of your health.
If you or a loved one struggles with heart disease, high blood pressure, or if you’d like to increase your overall heart health, visit your McAllen chiropractor at Hendrick Wellness Center today.