While many of us may see the various parts of our body as distinct and separate, the truth is that they all come together in creating a clean bill of health. This month, we delve into the heart of the matter, and take a look at how heart health and chiropractic care are related.
How Are Heart Health And Chiropractic Care Related?
As an essential organ in the body, the heart is of vital importance in keeping us healthy. Both heart and blood vessels are connected to the central nervous system, which makes its home in the spinal column. Additionally, the heart is innervated through a network of nerves (called the cardiac plexus) that are responsible for the functioning of the heart - and these cardiac nerves originate from the thoracic region of the spinal cord.
Furthermore, a major attachment, the vagus nerve connects to the brain, whilst the autonomic nervous system provides input to the rest of the body; both are essential in regulating your blood pressure. It can be said that chiropractic care is crucial to spinal health - and because spinal health is crucial to heart health, it is then understandable that chiropractic care can positively impact heart health.
What Constitutes Good Heart Health?
There are numerous indicators of a healthy heart. It’s important for individuals to be in tune with their bodies; what is normal for someone else may not necessarily be normal for you. Be sure you track your heart rate before, during, and after exercise to get a good gauge of your baseline and range, and take note of how your body might feel from a day to day basis.
Listen to your instincts! Your body may feel different between days for a myriad of reasons, and it’s up to you to decipher why you’re feeling the way you do. Any number of factors can be the reason aches and pains arise; keep track of it, and seek professional help if the condition does not improve.
Other indicators of good heart health include:
A normal blood pressure which is below 120/80, where 120 is recorded when blood is injected into the arteries, and 80 is recorded in between heartbeats.
Quick recovery of your heart rate from elevated to normal post-exercise and exertion.
Ease of breathing throughout exercise and activity.
High energy levels are a good gauge of your heart doing its job by supplying oxygen-rich blood to your organs and body.
Normal cholesterol levels in the body.
How Does Chiropractic Care Help Promote Heart Health?
Chiropractic care has been shown to help with heart health in any number of ways. Getting adjusted can help to relieve pressure in between your spinal discs; this in turn takes the pressure off important nerves, keeping them free from impingement and continued optimum heart function.
A chiropractic adjustment in the Atlas vertebrae can help to lower blood pressure.
Adjustments have been recorded as capable of reducing inflammation in the arteries, veins, and heart.
Adjustments can improve lung function, which contributes to better overall heart health.
Heart rate variability, which is the variance between your maximum and minimum heart rate can be improved with a chiropractic adjustment. This in turn strengthens the organ.
What Are Some Other Benefits Of A Chiropractic Adjustment?
While chiropractic adjustments ultimately improve heart health, there are also numerous other benefits associated with them. A targeted adjustment can:
Provide non-surgical relief from pain.
Improve migraines and headaches from neck pain.
Improve your quality of sleep.
Aid neck, lower back or spinal injuries.
Improve joint issues in the arms, legs, and shoulders.
Improve whiplash symptoms.
Decrease joint degeneration.