- Dr. Eric Carlsen
Heart Health with Chiropractic
Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death of people in the United States. During the month of February, we are focusing on ways to improve heart health. Diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices all play a role in heart health. Did you know that routine chiropractic can play a role to help prevent heart disease?
The heart and blood vessels are connected to the central nervous system by millions of tiny connections. One major attachment is the vagus nerve (which comes from the brain) and the autonomic nervous system (which has input into the entire body). These nerves control heart rate and blood pressure, both of which are essential factors for heart health. Here are just a few heart health benefits of chiropractic can offer:
Lowers blood pressure – studies show a significant improvement in blood pressure when chiropractors adjust the 1st vertebra, called the Atlas. When the atlas is out of proper alignment you can get altered blood flow to the brain and increased sympathetic stimulation in the nervous system that can drive up blood pressure.
Decreases blood markers of inflammation – the more inflammation, the greater your risk of cardiovascular events.
Decreases chest pain – Chest pain is often musculoskeletal in nature. Most patients can be quickly assessed and once a doctor determines that the heart is not involved, curative therapy from a doctor of chiropractic is imperative. Costochondritis, rib misalignment, or thoracic vertebrae subluxation are all causes of chest pain and shortness of breath that will respond to chiropractic care.
Always speak to your doctor about any abnormal chest discomfort so you can be properly evaluated.