Chiropractic offers Stress Relief
Chiropractors often encounter people that will tell them about their previous Chiropractic experience. It is very common for me to hear about all the benefits of chiropractic care. Everything from headaches, neck pain and back pain; to improvements in sleeping, digestion, stress relief, energy and hormone balance.
It’s also interesting when someone says that chiropractic worked so well for them that they are fortunate to not have needed it in years. I cringe at this because to believe the adjustment is only for those who have some sort of symptom or back pain is to believe that exercise is only important when you’re not fit. According to the best science and research in the world, this perception could not be further from the truth.
Several studies done in 2000, 2005, 2006 and 2009 demonstrated that healthy individuals exhibited heart rate variability responses following adjustments. What the heck is heart rate variability and what does it have to do with stress relief?
Heart Rate Variability
Heart Rate Variability (HRV) evaluates the balancing act between the sympathetic nervous system (your fight and flight response) and the parasympathetic nervous system (your rest and digest). An imbalance in HRV is the #1 risk factor for cardiac death. HRV is also a way to measure nervous system stress and hence the effectiveness of stress relief treatments
In short, HRV allows us to determine how healthy your nervous system is and how much stress is being placed on the heart.
How does chiropractic impact HRV?
Chiropractic Balances HRV
In short, all the research studies demonstrated that the groups receiving chiropractic adjustments recorded significant heart rate and heart-rate variability changes within five minutes of the adjustment.
WOW – it only takes 5 minutes to improve your nervous system!!!!
When compared the results to groups receiving placebo adjustments and No ECG changes were noted in the second group.
This research not only confirms that Chiropractic adjustments change heart function and reduce stress; but it also provides insight on how beneficial it can be long term – even in the absence of symptoms.
Chiropractic care is not simply about back and neck pain as much as overall organ health. Balancing the central nervous system by removing interference is the mechanism that describes why an adjustment improves heart function. Dozens of well-known studies have documented these results.
One important aspect of this particular study is that the adjustment was specifically recorded taking only five seconds to perform. The patient preparation and set up added some time, but the actual adjustment only took five seconds. Many believe that a Chiropractic visit will take a long time and achieving excellent results will take hours sitting in a doctor’s office. The study continues to prove that the actual adjustment does not do the healing and healing occurs after the adjustment removes the interference in the central nervous system. The ECG study showed that the body began doing the healing within just five minutes of the five second adjustment.
A new era of technology and science help solve problems at a much faster rate than years past. Thousands and thousands of scientists and researchers spend their entire lives being paid millions of dollars each year to discover better ways to improve heart health. Millions of people could avoid dangerous drugs, surgery, and cardiovascular events if they knew about the documented findings revealed in research studies. Chiropractors strive to educate the public and improve health and longevity without using chemical solutions.
People who believe they do not need Chiropractic care would be well-served to understand the truth, scientific evidence that details the power of an adjustment. The human heart is a vital organ and requires a Chiropractor to maintain it’s optimal health and function.