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Our Nichols Chiropractor Discusses Cardiovascular Disease

If you're having chronic back pain, you might not realize that there's a connection between that and other problems like high blood pressure or an irregular pulse. Cardiovascular disorders can result from misalignment in the spine, especially those areas in the thoracic spine. Nichols Chiropractic, our chiropractor in Manhattan KS, would like you to know more about the connection between your musculoskeletal system and your heart health.

Two people joggingWhat Are Cardiovascular Disorders?

Heart disease can include circulatory problems and rhythm disorders – the rate and variability of the heartbeat. If the electrical systems in your heart aren't working properly, you might suffer from syncope, or fainting, which occurs when the heart doesn't beat because it doesn't get the right signal. Your heart muscles might be weak, which means your overall circulation suffers. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is another aspect of heart disease. High blood pressure can lead to kidney damage and stroke.

Cardiovascular Disorders and the Musculoskeletal System

Your skeleton supports and protects the body. Connected by muscles, ligaments, and tendons, it is part of an overall system that includes nerves and blood vessels. If the joints in the body are misaligned, they can put pressure on nerves and blood vessels, affecting the way they function. An irritated nerve can cause such problems as a too-fast pulse or high blood pressure. The autonomic nervous system (autonomic means you don't have voluntary control) affects the function of all major organs, including your heart. Skeletal misalignment, tight muscles, and restricted mobility prevent can you from exercising, which also affects heart health.

How Chiropractic Care Affects the Heart

A misalignment in the spine or other joints can cause problems beyond musculoskeletal pain. Chiropractic adjustment restores proper alignment and promotes better function. Chiropractic adjustments of the 1st vertebra, or atlas, can lower blood pressure. Spinal adjustments improve autonomic tone (overall nerve function). Costochondritis (rib misalignment) and thoracic misalignment can cause chest pain and breathing problems. Chiropractic adjustments can help both these conditions. In addition, chiropractic care can decrease heart rate variability and inflammation, lower the heart rate and improve lung function. Not to mention that it will help relieve your pain, and improve your mobility, strength, and flexibility.

Contact Our Nichols Chiropractic in Manhattan, KS Today!

If you have ever fallen or been injured playing sports or in an auto accident, odds are high you would benefit from a chiropractic adjustment. Poor posture and body mechanics can affect spinal alignment and cause muscle spasm and pain. All of these can be improved with chiropractic care, and while you're at it, you'll also be helping your heart. Please contact us for an assessment and recommendations. We're your chiropractor in Manhattan KS, located at 2749 Pembrook Place. Our phone number is (785) 537-2211; call us today to restore your health.

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  • "Without the headaches and back aches dragging me down, I've been able to get more accomplished and to feel better at the end of the day than I have in literally years. That is miracle number three. I have found a precious jewel in Nichols Chiropractic. I tell all my friends about them, and I intend to be a loyal patient for a very long time. I thank the Lord for sending me in this direction."
    T.S Manhattan, KS
  • "I went through three months of adjustments and traction that began in January of 2006. I am now pain free 95% of the time, and have Chiropractic treatments nearly once a month to ensure I stay that way. My admiration, gratitude and thankfulness to Dr. Nichols and his staff will be never ending."
    G.W Manhattan, KS
  • "I experienced a 95% improvement in my low back pain after the first adjustment. I would recommend Nichols Chiropractic to anyone looking for low back pain relief."
    M.O. Manhattan- Manhattan, KS

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