What’s the biggest killer for men and women in the US? Go on, have a guess. Cancer? No. Dementia? No. Stroke? No. It’s heart disease. That’s right. In fact every year one in four deaths are caused by heart disease. However, the good news is that heart disease can often be prevented.
You can lower your risk of developing heart disease by:
- Controlling your blood pressure
- Keeping your cholesterol under control
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Eating a healthy diet
- Getting regular exercise
- Limiting your intake of alcohol
- Not smoking
- Managing stress
- If you have diabetes, managing your condition
- Getting enough sleep
That’s great information so how does this relate to chiropractic? Well first of all the nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves, sends messages to the heart telling it to beat. The heart pumps blood around the body, which carries the oxygen and nutrients we need to survive.
So this is a good reminder that we need to maintain our body as a whole in order to stave off heart disease. Hand-in-hand with eating healthily, getting enough sleep, exercising, and managing stress chiropractic care has a role to play in managing our health.
In fact, chiropractic care can go as far as supporting sleep, stress relief, reducing blood pressure, and increasing energy levels, all important when it comes to remaining healthy, active and preventing heart disease.
February is American Heart Month so if you have any questions now, or in the future, about chiropractic care and how – in addition to pain relief or recovery from injury – it can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, lose weight, reduce stress, improve sleep please call our office or book an appointment with Dr. Bryne – we’re here to help.