It’s important to understand that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is not just one condition, but that it can come in many forms. CVD can refer to a heart attack, a stroke, arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), hypertension (high blood pressure), valve disease, congenital heart disease, and cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart), and heart failure; all potentially fatal conditions.
With chiropractic care you might be able to not only manage your current heart condition, but you may also be able to ward off getting heart disease all together. It may seem shocking to most people that chiropractic care may be able to help people suffering from heart problems, especially since chiropractic is usually associated with chronic back pain, neck pain and headache issues.
Research has shown there are 6 ways chiropractic care can help with CVD.
1. Lowers blood pressure
2. Improves nerve function of the heart
3. Decreases blood markers of inflammation
4. Improves heart rate variability
5. Decreases chest pain
6. Improves lung function
Chiropractic is based on the theory that the nervous system is responsible for maintaining optimal health in the body. When it is functioning properly, it helps transmit information between the brain and every other part of the body. When there are dysfunctions in the spine, this can cause disruptions in how efficient the nervous system is at transmitting this information. These problem areas of the spine are known by chiropractors as subluxations. They are able to be corrected by adjustments that return the spine back to its proper alignment. When the spine is free of subluxations, then the body returns to a state of healing, affecting every muscle, nerve, tissue and, most importantly, the heart.