Chiropractic may help your heart function in a way that you didn’t know. Stress and heart disease are omnipresent in our modern life. The way to reduce those stresses are multiple and most people are using different techniques to do so. The chiropractic way is one that you might not have thought of before.
Work, studies, family, responsibilities and finances are just a few of the many reasons why people are stressed these days. Being stressed can lead to multiple health issues such as high blood pressure, a higher heart rate variability and increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
The heart activity is, among other things, controlled by the nervous system. The rhythm of heart contraction is spontaneous and doesn’t need any input. The power and the frequency of the contractions however are regulated by the autonomic nervous system. Under a stressful situation, your sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) is activated and increases your heart rate and your blood pressure. To balance this input, the parasympathetic system (relaxing) is activated.
Studies have shown that the chiropractic spinal adjustment has a significant effect on the system that controls the heart rate and blood pressure. By stimulating the nervous system in the neck area, the chiropractic adjustment makes a shift in the balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic output to the heart. The result is improved regulation of the heart activity which could be altered by those daily stresses.
Your posture also plays a role on your blood pressure and your heart rate. Your blood circulation could be affected depending on how you stand or sit. Research says that height loss from the increase of the thoracic curvature causes up to 42% higher risk of a heart attack. Chiropractors are the experts at correcting poor posture.
Taking care of your spine could make a huge difference for your cardiovascular system. Be aware of your posture and get adjusted for optimal heart function.