Health Issues: #6 Heart Health and Spinal Function

heart spineIt is a well established fact that cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. An often overlooked contributing factor to heart conditions is spinal health and this is why the use of chiropractic care has been shown to have positive measurable outcomes. Research demonstrating the relationship between spinal function and heart health is impressive.

Low vagal nerve activity may interact with genetic susceptibility, which could explain why,in people with the same low vagal activity, some people may develop Alzheimer’s Disease whereas others develop cancer or other types of cardiovascular disease.
De Couck M., Mravec B., Gidron Y. Clin Sci (Lond). 2012 Apr;122(7):323-8

Marked height loss in older men, often due to degenerative changes in bones, muscles and joints, is independently associated with an increased risk of all-cause mortality and coronary heart disease.
Arch Intern Med. 2006 Dec 11-25;166(22):2546-52

“Heart attacks are often brought on by spasms in the spinal column.”
Dr. Paul Sherwood M.A.M.B.B. Ch Cardiologist

A link between the muscles in the neck, blood pressure and heart rate has long been suspected. Researchers have found a direct neural connection between these neck muscles and a part of the brain stem called the nucleus
tractus solitarius (NTS), which plays a crucial role in regulating heart rate and blood pressure.
DOI: 10.1523/jneurosci.0638-07.2007

“The majority of these heart disease cases involve spinal mechanical problems and are not due to loss of blood supply to the heart because of coronary artery problems. The vertebrae in the spine may be misaligned and locked, affecting the nerves so that the chest wall starts to tighten.”
Dr. Wayne Gallagher, The Heart MD Institute




Health Issues #5 Aspirin and Heart Attack Prevention

According to the Center for Disease Control, over 50 million Americans take aspirin for the prevention of heart disease. It is frequently prescribed for this purpose.

An extensive campaign launched by the drug industry featured a Physicians Health Group study which concluded that an aspirin a day was an effective preventative treatment against heart attacks.

What the study failed to mention was that it was conducted with buffered aspirin containing magnesium. Magnesium is a valuable mineral which has long been associated with the prevention of heart attacks. Follow-up studies revealed that aspirin alone did nothing to prevent heart attacks.

A study in the International Journal of Epidemiology reported that serum magnesium levels are inversely related to the risk of death from ischemic heart disease. Serum magnesium concentration, independent of other risk factors, was inversely associated with death from all causes and from heart disease.

Ford, E.S. “Serum magnesium and ischemic heart disease: findings from a national sample of U.S. adults.”
International Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 28, 645-651

A study in the Lancet reported that magnesium deficiency may also be implicated in coronary heart disease when it was revealed that injections of magnesium sulfate brought about dramatic clinical improvement in patients suffering from heart disease and in many cases the lipoprotein levels were brought back to normal levels.

Williams, R. “Nutrition against disease” 1971, Pitman Publishing Co.

“Some physicians contend that the evidence of aspirin’s efficacy for prevention is overstated…”

…and that its risks are underestimated. Dr. John Cleland, said that his interpretation of the data shows that the therapy reduces only the number of diagnosed heart attacks, not attacks overall. He explained that aspirin merely masks heart attacks, producing a “cosmetic” blip in epidemiological statistics. Because aspirin can be an analgesic, it may further mask those symptoms.”

Gensenway, D. “Do your patients need aspirin therapy,” ACP-ASIM Annals of Internal Medicine, March 2002

The major study on which most recommendations are based did not utilize aspirin alone; therefore, the calcium and magnesium present in the buffered aspirin actually taken may have been responsible for some of the beneficial effects. Supplemental magnesium and vitamin E have been shown to be more effective than aspirin in lowering heart attack rates as well as overall death rates.

Kaufman, J. “Should you take aspirin to prevent heart attacks.” Scientific Exploration, Vol. 14, #4 2002



Health Issues #4: Golf & Chiropractic

Golfers have been benefiting from Chiropractic care for many years; however, it has only recently been receiving attention from the media. Golfers of all types, from the weekend warrior to the PGA touring pro, utilize Chiropractic because it is a natural method to better health and performance.

“Chiropractic care has been an instrumental component of my sports performance and preventive health strategy.”
Four-time PGA tour champion

“I’ve been going to a Chiropractor for as long as I can remember. It is as important to my training as the practice of my swing.”
Four-Time Masters champion

A scientific study has confirmed what many golfers have already discovered; Chiropractic care can improve your golf swing and as a result how far you can hit a golf ball.

Costa, S. Shibaba, Y. Giavarotti, L. Compagnoni, D. Effect of spinal manipulation with stretching
compared with stretching alone on full-swing performance of golf players.
Journal of Chiropractic Med. Dec 2009, p.165-170

Three-time PGA major winner, Jordan Spieth has received regular chiropractic care since he was 14 to prevent injuries and optimize overall health and athletic performance.

Low back pain is the number one injury sustained by golfers, accounting for 34.5% of all golf injuries.
Sports Health, July/August 2013

“One thing I know through experience is that I need to keep seeing my chiropractor, even when I have a few weeks off from golf. Getting on-going chiropractic care helps me to stay injury-free. It also helps me to deal with issues when they begin, so that they don’t turn into bigger injuries down the road.”
Three-time PGA Major Champion



Health Issues #3: Fibromyalgia

fibromyalgiaFibromyalgia is a condition characterized by widespread, migrating, and often debilitating pain and fatigue which prevents patients from accomplishing everyday tasks , as well as functions and activities of daily living.

  • The National Foundation for Fibromyalgia estimates that as many as twelve million Americans suffer from Fibromyalgia.
  • Fibromyalgia is the 2nd most common ailment affecting musculoskeletal system after osteoarthritis.
  • Women are ten times more likely than men to suffer from fibromyalgia

A study published in the American Journal of Medicine reported that in a group of Fibromyalgia patients, who had received Chiropractic care, the majority of them obtained some type of improvement and nearly half obtained great improvement.

Blunt, K. Rajwani, M., Guerriro, R (1997, July/August).

There is little doubt that Fibromyalgia pain is due to an intrinsic nerve system dysfunction.

Martinez-Lavin M. Fibromyalgia is neuropathic pain syndrome. J  Rheumatology 2006;  33:827-829

The cause of Fibromyalgia must involve one or more abnormalities by which the central nervous system interprets pain signals.

Sheon, R. Soft Tissue Rheumatic Pain, 3rd edition
Fibromyalgia awareness & information

Fibromyalgia appears to result from a central nervous system derangement —the peripheral tissues and tender points are secondary phenomena.

Ediger, B. Coping With Fibromyalgia. LHR Publications (91)