Health-E-News March 2014
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Cardiovascular Disease May Take a Dive With Chiropractic Care
Most individuals believe that cardiovascular disease can only be mitigated through diet, exercise and keeping blood cholesterol and blood pressure in check, as well as getting a sound sleep and banning cigarettes. All of these disciplines are standard. Yet, studies have revealed that chiropractic care may have a more dominant impact on lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease than previously thought.
Can regular adjustments in the chiropractor’s office really help someone maintain cardiovascular wellness? Studies are indicating yes.
Minor dysfunctions in spinal alignment may be a significant factor in a number of disorders according to researchers. Such imbalances can aggravate a person’s nervous system and lead to a variety of different dysfunctions. According to Dr. Nate Blume, "The body’s homeostatic mechanism is thrown off."
A related study investigated the connection between "systolic and diastolic blood pressure" and anxiety levels, and quantified the changes after subjects received chiropractic care. Results showed a lowering in not only blood pressure, but also anxiety, again boosting hope that cardiovascular disease may take a dive with chiropractic care.
Chiropractic Supports Olympic Athletes
What does it take to be an Olympic athlete? Training. Talent. And support from excellent medical staff - among them, Chiropractors.
Throughout the years, chiropractic has become a mainstay in the care of world-class athletes, leading to a growing number of D.C.s included in the Olympic Games. Countless athletes attribute the care they receive from their chiropractors - working along-side other health care professionals - as a key to properly preparing their bodies to perform optimally.
Chiropractic care has experienced several major moments in Olympic history, dating back to Leroy Perry, D.C., who provided chiropractic care to athletes representing Antigua during the 1976 Games in Montreal, Canada. During the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, NY, George Goodheart, D.C., became the first official chiropractor appointed to the U.S. team. With each subsequent Olympic Games and Pan American Games, the U.S. teams - along with a growing number of other national teams - have included at least one doctor of chiropractic on their medical staff, culminating with the 2010 Winter Games incorporation of chiropractic care inside the Polyclinic.
Congratulations and good luck to all the Olympic athletes! The Chiropractic profession has your back!
How Inactivity Changes the Brain
A number of studies have shown that exercise can remodel the brain by prompting the creation of new brain cells and inducing other changes. Now it appears that inactivity, too, can remodel the brain.
Until about 20 years ago, most scientists believed that the brain’s structure was fixed by adulthood, that you couldn't create new brain cells, alter the shape of those that existed or in any other way change your mind physically after adolescence.
But in the years since, neurological studies have established that the brain retains plasticity, or the capacity to be reshaped, throughout our lifetimes. Exercise appears to be particularly adept at remodeling the brain, studies showed.
The study showed that physical inactivity resulted in areas of the brain over stimulating the sympathetic nervous system.
A well-regulated sympathetic nervous system correctly directs blood vessels to widen or contract as needed and blood to flow, so that you can, say, scurry away from a predator or rise from your office chair without fainting. But an overly responsive sympathetic nervous system is problematic, said Patrick Mueller, an associate professor of physiology at Wayne State University who oversaw the new study. Recent science shows that "overactivity of the sympathetic nervous system contributes to cardiovascular disease," he said, by stimulating blood vessels to constrict too much, too little or too often, leading to high blood pressure and cardiovascular damage.
Chiropractic adjustments help regulate your sympathetic nervous system. Studies like this help explain the far reaching benefits of being under regular Chiropractic care.
The Dangers of Sitting
We know sitting too much is bad, and most of us intuitively feel a little guilty after a long TV binge. But what exactly goes wrong in our bodies when we park ourselves for nearly eight hours per day, the average for a U.S. adult? Many things, say four experts, who detailed a chain of problems from head to toe.
Sitting for extended periods of time has been associated with increase in heart disease, colon cancer, muscle weakness, back and neck pain, and more.
What can you do about it? Fortunately the solution is movement. Below are some samples.
You can download a PDF poster from The Washington Post of the dangers of sitting.
We are here to help ensure the side effects of sitting are kept to a minimum. Call us or email us with any questions on how we can help.