Keeping a naturally healthy heart

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one out of every three adults in the United States, roughly 70 million people in total, currently has issues with high blood pressure.

While this statistic is scary enough, they go on to say that only a little over half (52 percent to be exact), have this potentially life-threatening condition under control. This may be contributing to the estimated 1,000 people a day dying of heart related conditions.

While there are some organs a person can live without such as your gall bladder and even one of your kidneys, the heart is one organ that is absolutely necessary in order to survive. That makes taking care of it and nurturing its health not only critical to having a long, healthy life, but to having a life — period. One way to help your patients do that naturally is with the help of chiropractic care.

Chiropractic for lower blood pressure

Many studies have found that regular chiropractic visits can help lower blood pressure, sometimes the equivalent a double dose of blood pressure medication.

One study conducted by the University of Chicago involved 50 individuals who had both high blood pressure and spinal misalignments in their neck area. After just one chiropractic treatment session which involved specialized adjustment of the C-1 vertebra, the individuals involved in the study had dramatically dropped blood pressures which stayed at these lower rates for as many as eight weeks. The researchers further noted that this “decrease was equal to taking two blood-pressure drugs at once.” The study points out some DCs feel so strongly about the positive effects of treating this one particular vertebra that they have limited their practice to just this portion of the spine.

Another study found similar positive blood pressure results and was published in the March 2015 edition of the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. In this case, 20 individuals were studied to determine what effect upper and lower cervical spinal manipulation had on their blood pressure and heart rate. After engaging in upper cervical spinal manipulation therapy, the researchers reported that the participants had lower systolic blood pressures. They also reported experiencing less pain upon conclusion of the treatment sessions.

Helping patients gain control

In some cases, people need medication to help control their blood pressure but, as you can see, chiropractic may also help keep it at lower and safer levels. Additionally, to help your patients get their blood pressure to healthier levels, the Mayo Clinic provides other suggestions for lowering blood pressure without using medication which include:

  • Losing weight if they weigh more than is healthy for their frame
  • Increasing their level of physical activity, aiming for at least one-half hour of exercise per day on average
  • Consuming a diet full of heart-healthy foods such as fruits, veggies, whole grains, and low-fat dairy
  • Decreasing salt intake by choosing foods lower in sodium, putting the salt shaker away, and limiting the amount of processed foods they consume
  • Drinking no more than one alcoholic beverage a day, or two drinks a day if they are a man under the age of 65
  • Stop smoking
  • Reducing the amount of caffeine they drink
  • Cutting their stress levels

The sooner they get their blood pressure under control, the better it is for their heart in both the short and long-term.

Filed Under: Chiropractic Practice ManagementHealth, Wellness & Nutrition

Christina DeBusk February 12, 2016

Thanks Mom!

May is the month we celebrate Moms. We try to show them how thankful we are for all they do and all they are. Moms ARE truly extraordinary and their story is among the most incredible examples of how amazing our bodies really are! First, babies weigh anywhere from 5 to 10 pounds at birth. Imagine yourself walking around with a gallon of milk (about 8 pounds) everywhere you go for even a single day let alone weeks on end. And most moms gain additional weight to support the baby growing inside them which makes getting around all the harder. Beyond the sheer physical feat of lugging around in your belly a growing baby, think about the fact that each of our moms were growing us inside them for about 9 months—some a little more some a little less. That’s almost an entire school year! It’s fascinating though, that at present, none of us could live where we spent our first 9 months, and not just because we are too big to fit, but because we need air and light, and in our Moms’ bellies we were basically under water in the dark. So that means you would have to hold your breath for 9 months!!! The average person can’t hold their breath for more than maybe a minute or so. Finally and maybe most amazing of all is how one person can become two people!!! Actually you started as two separate cells, one from your mom and one from your dad. Those two cells got together and grew into the incredible, amazing organism that is you. An organism that is so complex and so sophisticated that even the most brilliant minds on the planet don’t have it figured out! But your mom’s body knew and that is truly astonishing! When those two cells first came together they divided and grew. And as they began to become you, the first “Thanks Mom!” system to develop was your nerve system. From that very early time, your nerve system directed your growth and development, including ten other different systems, dozens of different organs, 206 bones, 640 muscles and 37.2 trillion cells!!! It’s important to know that even after you are born your nerve system continues to direct and organize your whole body’s function and performance. By connecting your brain to your body your nerve system is not only able to communicate about what is going on in your body but it is also able to provide the information required for your body to adapt and perform at its best. That’s why it is so important to see your family’s chiropractor regularly. He or she will make sure that there is nothing interfering with your nerve system so you can continue to grow into the amazing person you were meant to be. Maybe your mom already takes you to the chiropractor. Well then that’s just another reason to thank her and show her some love on Mother’s Day and every day. Thanks Mom!

– Judy Campanale, DC, ACP, FCSC (hon) (ICPA)