How Chiropractic Care Can Help Manage High Blood Pressure

The heart is an amazing organ in the body that never stops working, working around the clock to keep you alive and thriving. How efficiently it can work depends on a lot of factors related to our health. Heart disease can put a lot of unnecessary strain on the body and ultimately lead to a poor quality of life, disease, and even death. One primary factor for heart health is blood pressure.

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force the heart exerts on the arteries every time it contracts and relaxes. It is measured with a blood pressure cuff. A normal value is around 120/80 mmHg. If blood pressure is 130/90 mmHg or more, it is categorized as high blood pressure.

High blood pressure and overall health.

When the ability to pump blood is compromised due to heart disease, the entire body suffers due to lack of oxygenated blood. Sadly, these issues can go undiagnosed for years. This is because high blood pressure is not typically associated with any specific symptoms (outside of generalized poor health).

If left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to issues as serious as stroke, heart attack, kidney disease, and dementia. Prevention and regular monitoring are crucial for staying alert to any potential heart health issues.

Risk factors and treatment for high blood pressure.
There are many risk factors associated with high blood pressure. They include:

  • Poor diet high in processed foods and salt
  • Genetics
  • Metabolic diseases (obesity, kidney disease, Diabetes, etc.)
  • Age
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Stress

The only consistent treatment recommendation for high blood pressure (with traditional care) is medication. Unfortunately, this approach does not address the root cause of the issue related to lifestyle factors and underlying body imbalances (such as the spine). Ideally, lifestyle adjustments should be the first line of defense for managing, or even reversing, heart health issues.

How chiropractic care can help.

The cornerstone of high blood pressure management should include a focus on nutrition, exercise, and stress management. Then, the focus can turn to optimizing organ function by restoring any impaired nerve energy. What causes poor nerve signals that can affect the heart and overall health? Spinal misalignment.

Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is a specialized and well-established approach that focuses on addressing the true root cause of most health issues. Just like it’s hard to self-diagnose high blood pressure without a trained professional, it can also be hard to know how spine alignment is affecting your health. A CBP practitioner can help reduce overall strain on the body’s functions by restoring optimal nerve energy through proper spine alignment.

Regardless of the initial trigger, one of the primary causes of high blood pressure is related to over-activation of the autonomic nervous system (that regulates our stress response). When spine alignment is restored, it allows better regulation of this system to prevent unnecessary spikes in stress that affect full body homeostasis and organ function.

Your heart health is vital for living a high quality of life. That’s why seeking care from a CBP practitioner can help you feel your best and help you achieve the best possible heart health.

How Chiropractic Care Can Prevent (or Manage) Arthritis

How Chiropractic Care Can Prevent (or Manage) Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is defined as degeneration cartilage in the joints meant to provide cushioning for daily activities. While some wear and tear is expected with aging, too much of it can lead to pain, disability and poor quality of life. With an understanding of the disease process, prevention and management are completely feasible without the need for traditional invasive treatment options.

Osteoarthritis and its effect on quality of life.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is most common in the fifth decade of life and beyond. The joints affected most often include the knees and hips from weight bearing and the shoulders and fingers from repetitive use.

The body’s joints respond best to balanced regular use. Thus, overuse, imbalanced movements, or too little movement can all be a culprit for OA. Other risk factors include past injuries, metabolic diseases (Diabetes, obesity or heart disease), and being overweight.

The most common symptoms related to OA are stiffness and pain. As severity increases it can become difficult to complete normal daily activities. Traditional medical models diagnose the severity of OA based on imaging (such as an x-ray) that shows the level of cartilage damage. Yet, interestingly there is no direct correlation between how much pain and severity. Each individual deals with OA differently.

Treatment options for OA include physical therapy, weight loss, chiropractic care, massage therapy, injections, pain medications, and surgery. The best treatment is prevention first and then conservative care. Unfortunately, motivation tends to be low until there are symptoms. Additionally, many people may not be aware there is an issue with the way they are moving. This is why having an expert in joint alignment can help.

How chiropractic care can help.

The development of OA all begins due to an imbalance in the way the body moves. While some local issues can be at play related to muscle strength and flexibility, this balance ultimately comes down to spine alignment.

The core and the spine are the base for which all other movements of the human body are possible. Without the right signals from the brain and spinal cord for proper sequencing, chaos will catch up with the body eventually. When nerve energy is disrupted, muscles can’t coordinate, joints can feel stiff, and movement can become awkward and uncoordinated.

It’s like trying to ride your bike when the chain has come loose. Instead of fixing the issues, you keep pushing with significantly less efficiency and poor form even though you know that you’re damaging the spokes. Obviously, it’s better to hop off the bike and fix that chain before proceeding to prevent unnecessary damage.

Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is an expert-backed approach that specializes in keeping this system as balanced as possible through spinal alignment. Oftentimes, untrained eyes are unaware of the alignment issues they have that may cause them future problems. That’s why a CBP practitioner can provide you a deep understanding of what your body needs to prevent arthritis and other potential health issues that occur with poor spine alignment.

Addressing Stress and Anxiety with the Help of Chiropractic Care

The year 2020 has been traumatic for many people worldwide. Understandably, stress and anxiety are high right now as people figure out how to navigate these uncertain times. As economic and health issues continue, it’s so important to find ways to better manage our feelings of stress and anxiety. Otherwise, if they go unchecked and become chronic they can lead to poor health and a dismal quality of life.

How stress and anxiety affect our health.

Stress and anxiety can be caused by a variety of life factors. These might include health, money, relationships, and employment. While the reasons may vary, the physical response our bodies go through are the same. A stressful or anxiety inducing situation can leave us feeling threatened (even if it’s a more figurative threat rather than a literal one) and illicit a physical stress response.

The body responds to stress by releasing hormones that prime the body for survival. This requires a lot of energy and puts strain on the body. While it’s an important mechanism, if it is occurring chronically it can lead to unwanted health issues. The body needs time each day to recover and revitalize itself, which is not possible when the body is always in a heightened state.

Treating health issues related to stress and anxiety can feel ambiguous. Oftentimes, seeking treatment is stigmatized and can lead to over-prescription of medications that come with some serious side effects. Treatment is more effective when it addresses issues like proper stress management techniques and promoting optimized body health through proper exercise, nutrition, sleep, and overall spine alignment.

Health problems related to anxiety and stress.

Stress and anxiety do not only affect our mental health. They can also lead to very real physical manifestations and disease. These include:

  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Asthma and other breathing problems
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Alzheimer’s, dementia, or memory loss
  • And on…

Chiropractic care’s role in mental health.

Brain and spinal cord health are key to both mental and physical health. When nerve energy and flow is blocked for any reason, it can lead to or aggravate mental health issues like stress and anxiety. This is why Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), a results-oriented, expert-backed approach, can help better manage mental health by addressing underlying issues with spinal misalignment.

Optimal spine alignment allows neural health for normal daily functions. This promotes vitality and an overall sense of well-being for an individual. When brain function is improved, it allows better clarity and flexibility for adjusting to daily life. Since we can’t necessarily remove all the stressors and anxiety-inducing events from our lives, addressing the base for good health with spinal alignment can help build resilience for any situation life throws at us.

Seek out care from a CBP practitioner to learn about the untapped potential in your life free of paralyzing stress and anxiety.

Preventing Chronic Pain with Chiropractic Care

Pain is the number one reason people seek medical care. It is an important protective mechanism that helps the body avoid injury and alerts us to any potential problems. Unfortunately, this vital bodily sensation can become a problem when it becomes chronic.

Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts greater than 6 weeks. Oftentimes, pain continues to linger even after an injury has healed. Additionally, a traumatic event or certain health conditions (like Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) can lead to the onset of pain despite any measurable physical injury.

The problem with chronic pain.

Pain alters the way our bodies function and puts a burden on the entire system. It temporarily limits our mental capacity, decreases tolerance for daily activity, and leads to imbalanced movement patterns that all affect overall quality of life and participation in daily life. These issues are what make proper injury recovery and optimized overall health ideal for avoiding the complications that come with chronic pain.

When generalized, aching pain becomes a norm for life, it can lead to a feeling of hopelessness. There are many theories surrounding what causes chronic pain, but there is one factor that all experts agree on. The pain signals that the nerves are sending to the brain become dysfunctional or even overactive. Essentially they are signaling the brain that there is pain when there isn’t any direct stimulus. Additionally, the brain can play a role in the perception of the signal its receiving.
Risk factors for developing chronic pain:
The following factors can play a role in developing chronic pain:

  • Mental health
  • Mindset
  • Past injury and trauma
  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Poor general health

Chronic pain is a widely stigmatized health issue that often leads to patients being blown off by their physicians because their symptoms aren’t well understood in traditional medicine. It leads to palliative care and the prescribing of a wide variety of medications that affect quality of life and have some major side effects.

Yet, the truth of the matter is that there is a very real perception of pain going on in the body and brain, regardless of what is causing it. This is why more alternative treatments like psychotherapy, acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage therapy, and physical therapy tend to have better long term results.

How chiropractic care can make a difference.

Chronic pain all comes down to a disconnect between the nerves detecting pain and the body due to overactive neural pathways and stimulus. When nerve energy is compromised and out of sync, the root issue needs to be addressed. This is why Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is a recommended option for managing chronic pain because it can address any underlying issues related to spine alignment that are affecting nerve integrity.

Treatment is non-invasive with a focus on soft tissue mobilization, education (key for chronic pain), manipulation, exercise, stretching, and more. A CBP practitioner can provide much needed relief with a notoriously difficult and stigmatized health condition.