Chiropractic Care and Cardiovascular Health

Maintaining cardiovascular health is one of the most important things you can do to live a healthy life. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, proper sleep habits, and avoidance of smoking are all crucial to heart health. But what about chiropractic care? Can regular adjustments help you in your pursuit of cardiovascular wellness? Studies seem to indicate exactly that.

Heart Rate

A normal adult heart rate ranges from 60 to 100 beats per minute. In a study conducted at a well-recognized chiropractic college, researchers looked into the effects of chiropractic on the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems, in relation to heart rate variability. What they found was that adjustments not only reduced back pain in participants, but they also lowered the mean heart rate in individuals with faster-than-normal rates. Perhaps the stress associated with pain caused increased heart rate, and the chiropractic intervention fixed the root issue and therefore the rapid heart rate.

Blood Pressure

In another study, this time published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, researchers investigated the relationship between systolic and diastolic blood pressure and anxiety levels, and measured the changes post chiropractic adjustment. Results indicated a decrease in both blood pressure and anxiety, and point towards the cardiovascular benefits of regular chiropractic treatment.

Both of these studies only help to further the case for chiropractic as an important asset to health. The spectrum of disorders and ailments that chiropractic can successfully address is broader than most of us realize. A chiropractor can undoubtedly provide a solution to chronic back and neck pain. Chiropractic care can be an important part of injury rehabilitation and injury prevention. But now we know it can also play a role in better heart health – a benefit of utmost importance.  To learn more about how chiropractic can help you achieve wellness and reach your cardiovascular peak, make an appointment to see a chiropractor at The Joint.


*Disclaimer: Always consult your physician or other health care professional before seeking treatment or taking related advice herein.*

Story Credit: Studies confirm chiropractic treatment prevents heart attacks and lowers blood pressure By JB Bardot.