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
- Metabolic diseases (obesity, kidney disease, Diabetes, etc.)
- Sedentary lifestyle
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.