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  • Writer's pictureDr. Luis R Rivera Allende

Vertebral Subluxations and Vascular Diseases

What are vascular diseases?

Circulatory diseases can be defined as health conditions that negatively impact the circulatory system, also known as the vascular system. The vascular system is the network of blood vessels in the body, this network is made up of arteries, veins, and capillaries that run through all our bodies. These conditions tend to be very serious and are one of the leading causes of death in the world. Some of these heart conditions include:

* Arterial Hypertension

* Cardiac failure

* Rheumatic heart disease

* Congenital heart disease

* Coronary heart disease

* Cerebrovascular disease


Vascular diseases can be caused by having a bad lifestyle, such as smoking, drinking too much, lack of exercise and obesity. These can also appear due to age, having a medical history of these types of conditions in your family, they can even appear due to conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels such as diabetes and high cholesterol. Another factor that can cause circulatory or vascular diseases is when there is an interruption between the communication of the central nervous system and the rest of the body. The nervous system controls all the systems of our body and it is protected by our spine. When the spine is not properly aligned or there’s a pinched nerve, this can create a series of interferences that are called Vertebral Subluxations.

What Are Vertebral Subluxations?

A vertebral or spinal subluxation occurs when the spinal vertebrae lose their alignment, creating interference in the communication between the spine and the adjacent spinal nerves, therefore creating miscommunications in the areas controlled by the nervous system. When these interferences occur, it turns difficult for our nervous system to communicate properly and transmit the nerve impulses needed for our brain and body to function efficiently. Vertebral subluxations can be caused by various factors such as poor posture, falls, accidents, stress, among others. To be able to correct and improve these subluxations the best solution is to visit a chiropractor. The chiropractor is the healthcare professional who specializes in spinal health and is trained to work and detect where these subluxations are located so that he can correct them through adjustments and manipulation in a safe and healthy way.


A study published in the journal “Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research” on April 23, 2014, published by Doctors Anthony Slinger, D.C. and Shayla Lesho, D.C. shows that a man with vertebral subluxations and high risk of cardiovascular conditions had great improvement after going through a series of chiropractic adjustments and treatments for a period of 10 weeks. According to the study, chiropractic clinical treatments included: motion palpation, static palpation, paraspinal thermography, postural evaluation, orthopedic tests, and neurological tests. The study concluded that these chiropractic treatments, where subluxations were directly treated, plus suggestions of healthy lifestyle changes recommended by the chiropractor, showed that the risk of getting a vascular disease reduced.

How can a Chiropractor help?

Visiting a chiropractor regularly is of great benefit for our health when we suffer from vascular diseases or simply to try to prevent them. As mentioned above, the chiropractor helps eliminate the interference from our nervous system with the rest of our body so that they can communicate properly and together, fight the diseases that may affect our heart. Chiropractic adjustments and manipulations can help keep your blood pressure low, which in turn keeps your heart and arteries from over-working and functioning efficiently, keeping your heart healthy and strong, sequentially reducing the risks of having vascular disease.


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