Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. Furthermore, in the United States, heart disease is the number one killer of women, taking more lives than all cancers combined. While these statistics are alarming, it is important to know that cardiovascular disease can be managed, and cardiovascular health is not as daunting of a goal as it may seem. While a good diet and exercise are key ingredients to any healthy lifestyle, there are other methods and treatments that can improve your heart and cardiovascular system; specifically chiropractic care.
Chiropractors are typically associated with back pain and other injuries. While that is very accurate, the concept behind chiropractic medicine focuses on providing a holistic treatment while avoiding the application of any invasive techniques. This is especially applicable for heart health. A chiropractor’s treatment can positively impact the nerves that are connected to the central nervous systems, which are also connected to the heart and the blood vessels that run throughout the body.
Chiropractic care is an effective option to not only manage any existing heart condition, but can possibly prevent heart disease altogether. Here are a few ways chiropractic medicine can improve your cardiovascular health.
LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE WITH CHIROPRACTIC CARE
Studies have shown that blood pressure can be significantly improved when chiropractors adjust the 1st vertebra (known as the Atlas).
IMPROVE HEART RATE WITH CHIROPRACTIC CARE
Heart rate variability is a common issue for patients with heart concerns. The more your heart rate changes, the better it is for your heart. Whether this is addressed directly by a chiropractor, or is a secondary result of other treatment that allows you to exercise and get your heart pumping, improved heart rate variability is healthy result of chiropractic care.
DECREASE CHEST PAIN WITH CHIROPRACTIC CARE
Chest pain is a common trigger for hospital visits, as well as a red flag when it comes to heart health. However chest pain is often a result of a musculoskeletal issue. Once it is confirmed that the pain is not heart related, an adjustment from a chiropractor can solve problems like: Costochondritis, rib misalignment, and thoracic vertebrae subluxation. These are typical conditions that can cause chest pain and shortness of breath.
IMPROVE LUNG FUNCTION WITH CHIROPRACTIC CARE
Poor lung function can be a direct contributor to cardiovascular disease. Patients that suffer from asthma or emphysema can get relief from a chiropractor’s treatment. Once lung function is improved, it can have a healing effect on other parts of the body, specifically the heart and cardiovascular system.
If you have any type of heart or cardiovascular condition, or just want to take another step toward improving your heart health, Southeast Chiropractic: The Motion Centers can help. Our chiropractic physicians can help you maintain or restore proper alignment of your spine, ease muscle tension, and reduce inflammation, while providing additional benefits for your cardiovascular system. Contact any one of our three chiropractic offices and schedule a free consultation.