Can Chiropractic Care Support Heart Health?
Did you know that over 82 million people in the US alone will suffer from one (or more) forms of cardiovascular disease in their lifetime? Cardiovascular disease is connected to your heart health, and appears in a variety of forms. Some of the most common forms of heart disease are hypertension, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, congenital disorders, rheumatic heart disease, and coronary heart disease. There are also millions of people who are not diagnosed with heart disease, but still feel symptoms that are associated with poor heart health. Those include fluttering in their chest, irregular heart beat, dizziness, palpitations, shortness of breath, light-headedness, and chest pain. All of those symptoms can indicate weakness in the heart muscle, or some kind of cardiovascular distress. If you’ve been diagnosed with a heart condition, or are simply asking “can chiropractic care support heart health?” then read on to learn more.
What if I don’t have poor heart health?
If you don’t have poor heart health, or you’ve never had a medical examination to determine whether you’re suffering from a cardiovascular disorder, it’s best not to self-diagnose. Symptoms of heart-fluttering, palpitations, shortness of breath, etc. are not sufficient on their own to dictate the health of your heart and cardiovascular system.
Additionally, heart health can be strained at different times in life, due to lifestyle, stress, physical activity, and other factors. This means that symptoms of poor heart health can come and go, and not be indicative of a severe or chronic condition. Nevertheless, if you’re experiencing frequent cardiovascular events that seem abnormal, seeking a medical professional’s insight is advised. If you are aware that you do not have any existing cardiovascular condition, you can still benefit from receiving chiropractic care.
The Nervous System Regulates the Cardiovascular System
One of the reasons that stress and other lifestyle events can impact heart health is because the cardiovascular system is very subject to the condition of the nervous system. The nervous system is attuned to stress and lifestyle changes carefully, and when something is amiss or has changed, this can translate to surprising and alarming heart sensations and conditions.
Your heart’s rhythm is controlled by a node in the heart’s right chamber. This node sends electrical impulses across the heart’s atria. Your autonomic nervous system, which is part of the peripheral nervous system, is in charge of making that node initiate each cardiac cycle (of which thousands occur every day!). As you can see, your nervous system is highly involved in the behavior of your heart and cardiovascular system. In addition to making sure your heart continues beating, your nervous system also regulates other heart-related processes, like heart-rate, blood pressure, your respiration (connected to breathing) and digestion (fuel for more heart-beats).
If the nervous system is ever under stress or strain, it can throw off all kinds of processes in the body—including the body’s heart processes. This means that your heart’s rhythm, rate, efficiency, and a variety of other functions can be affected by nervous system imbalance. Many things can imbalance your nervous system. Lack of sleep, stress, decreased circulation, misalignment in your spinal structure, and inflammation can all place undue stress on your nervous system. This may translate to strain on the heart, which can only exacerbate any stress that’s already occurring.
How the Spine Connects to the Nervous System
The spine and your posture have long been associated with cardiovascular health and the function of the nervous system. The alignment of your spine, head, neck, shoulders, and ribcage all play an important role in the function and effectiveness of other body systems. Because the nervous system is centralized in the brain and spine, if the spinal structure is imbalanced, there is a very high likelihood that there will also be imbalances in the function of the nervous system.
Chiropractic Care & The Nervous System
Chiropractic is a wonderful therapeutic for the nervous system, and in turn, heart health, because it works directly on the spine. When the spine is imbalanced, this typically creates many problems in the body. This is because nerves connected to the spine (and the rest of the body’s systems) can become inflamed, compressed, bruised, and/or crushed. When this happens, the electrical signals that pass through the nerves are inhibited. Inhibited nerve energy can stop healthy communication in the body, communication that is essential for telling organs (like the heart) how to operate at an ideal level.
At Advanced Spine and Posture of Lansing, Michigan, we take great care to ensure that our chiropractic experts can identify which body system or process is being strained for every patient. This presents differently for every single person, given that symptoms and conditions arising from imbalances in the spine are unique for everyone. The next step is to resolve structural misalignment by beginning care. The process of restoring ideal spinal alignment may include regular adjustments, spinal traction, tissue manipulation, or even the use of additional tools and exercises. At Advanced Spine and Posture in Lansing, Michigan, we see thousands of patients come in with a variety of conditions ranging from cardiovascular strain to back pain, neck pain, migraines, headaches, vertigo, digestive pain, and poor posture. Each of these conditions can be traced back to the health of the spine, which impacts the health of the entire body.
As each patient receives their unique treatment plan, their bodies move back toward optimal alignment in the spine. When the spine corrects itself naturally through chiropractic care, this helps to relieve pressure on the nerves, recirculate and transmit nerve energy, and restore communication between the nervous system and the body’s many organs and processes. This has helped many patients experience improvement in their heart rhythm and rate. Additionally, it has helped to relieve digestive pain, headaches, migraines, back pain, neck pain, mental fog, vertigo, dizziness, and a variety of other conditions that are often thought to be elusive or “difficult to treat.”
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If you’re looking for chiropractic care because you’re suffering from pain, discomfort, and other symptoms, or are simply looking for a wellness professional in Lansing, MI, then it’s time to book your appointment today and get started on the journey toward the best health of your life.