Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Be Good to Your Heart Thru Checking Your Spine!

It's February which means a lot of awareness is being brought to our heart health!  Did you know that your brain controls your heart?  Meaning, that the brain controls and regulates every system in your entire body by way of the nervous system.  Located at the lower part of your brain stem lies your medulla oblongata.  This complicated part of your brain is in charge of controlling all functions that are involuntary.  This includes a wide range of tasks such as regulating blood pressure, vomiting, sneezing, heart rate, and breathing.  We don't have to give a conscious thought to have these tasks performed, as our medulla oblongata regulates these without us being aware of how hard it is working.
Because the medulla oblongata sits in close proximity to the C1 vertebrae, great improvements in patients blood pressure are seen with chiropractic care specifically to that vertebrae.  When out of alignment or subluxated, the C1 vertebrae can put pressure on the nerves coming from the medulla oblongata and therefore have a negative effect on blood pressure, causing it to be too high or in some cases too low.
In 2014, a randomized control study measured the effectiveness of correcting these subluxations to the C1 vertebrae in patients with high blood pressure (hypertension).  The results showed IMMEDIATE changes in hypertension for both the systolic (top) and diastolic (bottom) numbers of blood pressure.  Whats even better is that these hypertensive patients saw lasting results in their blood pressure for over 4-6 weeks post adjustments.  According to the American Heart Association website over 77.9 million people or 1 out of every  3 adults have high blood pressure.  This costs the United States on average nearly $46 BILLION dollars each year.  And most of these patients are on more than one antihypertensive medication!  Wow, imagine if chiropractic care could substitute for some of those patients!
Be good to your heart, get your spine checked today!

Yours in Health,

Dr. Nicholas J. Knutson



10917 Black Dog Ln., Suite 101 

Charlotte, NC 28214

Tel (704) 394-8556

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"If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special." JV

Toms, S. DC. (2014). Reduction in Arterial Blood Pressure Following Adjustment of Atlas to Correct Vertebral Subluxation:A Prospective Longitudinal Cohort Study. J Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, 2014(3), 54-60.

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