Most people visit the chiropractor to get relief from spinal pain causing discomfort in the body. However, not all pains are equal. There might be types of pain that a patient could be experiencing that might predict if they are having, or about to have, a heart attack.
There has been evidence that if a patient is experiencing a heart attack at the time of an adjustment, the heart attack may be stopped due to manipulation of the first cervical vertebra, or the atlas vertebra. However, chiropractic is best used as preventative care to combat high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, chest pain and an unhealthy cardiovascular system. Studies at Palmer Chiropractic College found that adjustments are able to lower a patient’s mean heart rate, which in effect might ward off heart attack.
The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported that chiropractic treatments can reduce blood pressure and anxiety. A study tested patients’ blood pressure and anxiety levels before and after getting chiropractic adjustments. Every care indicated that the procedures lowered both blood pressure and anxiety. These findings reinforce the idea that chiropractic can create a healthy cardiovascular system.
It is important to understand that men and women experience heart attacks differently. Men often feel extreme chest pain and may even describe the sensation as having a weight on their chest, while women might feel nauseous and clammy during a myocardial infarction. They may also suddenly experience an onset of anxiety or extreme fatigue.
By getting regular chiropractic treatments, both men and women can reduce these risks. Manipulations can strengthen the heart and entire cardiovascular system, giving the patients a sense of heightened vitality.
Even though chiropractic can help aid in heart attack care, if you feel you are experiencing a heart attack it is necessary to go to the emergency room, not a chiropractic office. This action could be vital in a life or death situation.
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