Each year 21 million Americans die and over 1/3 of these deaths are due to just on cause- heart disease. Everyone knows that a poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking and genetics are risk factors for cardiovascular problems.
A less familiar factor affecting heart function is the nerve system.
Nerves from the upper back (sympathetic) stimulate the heart to beat faster and more forcefully. The vagus nerve (parasympathetic) passes through the skull and down to the heart to slow the pulse and decrease the power of each contraction. Normal function is the result of a balance between these two systems. Spinal misalignments, which interfere with these nerves (vertebral subluxations), can adversely affect heart function.
A number of studies have shown great promise for patients with heart disease and blood pressure problems by correcting vertebral subluxations with chiropractic adjustments. A 1995 study found improvement in cardiac arrhythmias after neck and upper back adjustments. A 1988 study, involving 21 hypertensive patients, found a statistically significant decrease in both systolic and disstolic blood pressure in the active treatment group, but not in the placebo or control groups.
A 1993 case study of a 38 year old man with a 14 year history of hypertension dramatically shows the potential benefits of chiropractic care. The side effects of his two medications included a bloating sensation, depression, fatigue, impotence, and low back pain. After seven visits all medication was discontinued. His blood preassure was normal and all the undesirable side effect symptoms disappeared.
Chiropractic care does not attempt to treat or cure heart disease. Adjustment simply correct vertebral subluxations which interfere with normal nerve and body function. Restoring normal nerve function allows the heart and the cardiovascular system to function at their genetic potential.
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