Chiropractic Helps Your Heart

Cardinal Chiropractic Newsletter - February 2007Did you know February is Heart Month? In honor of this, we want to let you know about one of the most common problems affecting the heart and blood vessels today —- hypertension or high blood pressure.

The term “blood pressure” refers to a pressure within the arteries produced by the beating of the heart. Contraction of the heart creates a high pressure known as the systolic phase and relaxation of this organ creates a low pressure known as the diastolic phase. Your blood pressure is read as a fraction comprised of these two numbers. 120/80 is considered average and this naturally lowers while you sleep and raises during periods of high activity.

In the United States, 30 million people suffer from hypertension and about 30% of these won’t be diagnosed until it is too late. For most, hypertension becomes a problem at age 30, but teenagers, children, and even infants can be affected.

Hypertension is not a disease in itself. It is a symptom of a disorder within the circulatory system, nervous system, or vital organ of the body. Your nervous system controls the primary function and maintenance of normal blood pressure and its proper distribution.

As chiropractors, we diagnose and correct nerve disorders. This means that though adjustments are not a “specific treatment” for hypertension, they can eliminate one of its causes -— nerve interference. Chiropractic can help your body maintain normal control of blood pressure naturally, without drugs or other dangerous treatments.

So, when you schedule your next appointment, let us check your blood pressure.