A recent study conducted by Palmer Chiropractic College found that regular spinal adjustments can significantly support the health and performance of your cardiovascular system.
In fact, patients who receive Chiropractic Adjustments at least four times a month can:
- Lower their blood pressure
- Stabilize their heart rate
- Reduce chest pain
- Lower their cholesterol levels.
Chiropractic Treatment and Heart Disease
The results of the study have attracted considerable attention from the medical community, leading to a series of related studies performed by other well-known academic facilities and hospitals.
One particular study offered by the University of Chicago’s Hypertension Center examined the effects that Chiropractic adjustments have on the upper cervical section of your body, known as C-1 or the Atlas.
The results of the study reported a drop in high blood pressure based on the realignment of the C-1 vertebrae.
The study found that when this particular area of the body becomes misaligned, the surrounding arteries become pinched, along with the nerves that are located at the base of your neck. This condition can significantly affect blood flow and seriously impair nerve functioning.
Examining Chiropractic Medicine’s Effect On Heart Disease
The study conducted by the University of Chicago examined 25 individual patients who suffered from high blood pressure. They were each given a spinal adjustment and reexamined eight weeks later. Here, researchers noticed a considerable drop in their blood pressure and the participants claimed to have experienced a noticeable improvement in their overall health.
Dr. George Bakris led the study and commented that the effects of the procedure were just as powerful as, “Not one, but two blood-pressure medications given in combination.”
He added, “It seems to be adverse-event. We saw no side effects and no problems.”
Other Related Results
Other similar studies conducted by the Department of Preventive Medicine at Rush University determined that when the atlas segment of the vertebrae is realigned, patients who suffer from hypertension were able to lower their systolic blood pressure.
How Exercise and Diet Can Complement Chiropractic Care
For those who compliment their Chiropractic treatment by adjusting their diets to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables, and also follow through with a consistent exercise routine; their ability to prevent heart disease from developing increases exponentially.
The American Heart Association recommends that individuals consume nine or more fresh vegetables and fruits each day.
They also recommend finding ways to consume whole grains and other sources of fiber, which help your body’s ability to regulate heart health and blood pressure.
Beyond eating well, it is suggested that individuals exercise for at least 30 minutes each day.
Swimming, jogging, and other forms of cardio exercise help strengthen your heart and improve your body’s overall performance.