For someone who’s always curled up under a blanket or dressing in layers, the concept of poor circulation isn’t a revelation. Living with cold extremities is just something they’ve gotten used to. But, like all oddities of the human body, poor circulation is something that’s not normal and needs to be addressed.
While you might’ve tried a diet that’s high in iron or started doing aerobic exercises to increase circulation, many people often overlook the potential chiropractic can have. Having your spine adjusted by a trained chiropractor is proven to have long-term benefits for increasing blood circulation and stabilizing blood pressure.
The chiropractors at Ideal Spine Health Center have seen the long-term difficulties poor blood circulation can have on the body. We encourage our Boise, ID patients not to ignore their cold or tingling hands and feet and instead, talk to a chiropractor about what can be done to improve it.
Understanding reduced blood flow
Veins and arteries are responsible for supplying blood throughout your body. And, like your central nervous system, these pathways form a web with junctions that branch off, consolidating more and more as you get towards the heart. The spine is a natural ‘backbone’ for the circulatory system to branch out from, since it forms the blueprint for your central nervous system and reaches the length of your body.
The reason fingers and toes often become cold or tingly is because they’re the furthest from the heart. And while the heart might be pumping blood at a normal rate, restrictions between there and your extremities may prevent healthy blood flow. Finding these restrictions and blockages is key.
Often, spinal subluxations are responsible for impeding circulatory system function. For example, blood supplies routed through the thoracic spine that are being pushed on by a bulging vertebral disc may see a 20% reduction in pressure due to the bottleneck. This means 20% less circulatory force behind blood flow to extremities from that pathway. By the time blood reaches the extremities, it does so with very little behind it.
The more the spine deviate from the norm, the more impediments hamper blood supplies. Couple this with nerve compression as well and the body begins to lack the circulatory power it needs to feed the hands, arms, feet, and legs.
Chiropractic data to support blood flow
Chiropractic has been clinically proven to help improve blood flow to extremities and critical areas of the body. In a study published by the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in 2015, 45 patients with Hypoperfusion (cervical blood flow restriction) assessed on how spinal alignment affected blood flow.
Of the participants, 16 people showed moderate spinal misalignment, resulting in 20-35% blood flow reduction to the brain. 15 participants showed severe subluxations, with 30-45% blood flow reduction. And, perhaps most telling of all, 14 people with good spine health exhibited no loss of blood flow. The study proved definitively that spinal deviation is a direct contributor to circulation restriction.
Chiropractic gets your blood going
For Boise, ID patients who have poor blood circulation, it’s important to schedule an appointment at Ideal Spine Health Center. Subluxations in any area of your spine could be hampering blood flow to your extremities, disrupting your body’s natural circulatory function. Our team will use a thorough Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) assessment and approach to pinpoint areas of misalignment and how they may be impacting your circulation on a daily basis. Contact us today to set up your free consultation.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.