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How the spine can help the heart

It is a well-established fact that cardiovascular disease is the number one cause

of death in the United States. An often-overlooked contributing factor to heart conditions is spinal health and this is why the use of chiropractic care has been shown to have positive measurable outcomes.

Research demonstrating the relationship between spinal function and heart health is impressive. Marked height loss in older men, often due to degenerative changes in bones, muscles, and joints, is independently associated with an increased risk of all-cause mortality and coronary heart disease.

Heart attacks are often brought on by spasms in the spinal column. A link between the muscles in the neck, blood pressure, and heart rate has long been suspected. Researchers have found a direct neural connection between these neck muscles and a part of the brain stem called the Nucleus Tractus Solitarius (NTS), which plays a crucial role in regulating heart rate and blood pressure.

The majority of these heart disease cases involve spinal mechanical problems and are not due to loss of blood supply to the heart because of coronary artery problems. The vertebrae in the spine may be misaligned and locked, affecting the nerves so that the chest wall starts to tighten.

Here at Health by Design, we care about your health. Please give us a call at (904) 363-3374 to schedule an appointment to make sure your body is operating at its fullest potential.

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