As we move in to February we will focus our blogs on heart health, keeping in focus with the lover’s month and the approach of St. Valentine’s Day.
Heart health as we all know is essential for our overall health, in this blog we will give an overview of the heart with some simple tips to begin and as the month progresses we will discuss in more detail what you can do to maximise the health of your heart and keep it beating strong through the month of February.
The heart is a large muscle that for the majority of the populations sits on the left hand side of the chest. It is responsible for pumping blood around the body allowing the blood, which carries oxygen, to reach every other cell tissue and organ. And yes the heart even pumps blood to itself via the coronary artery. This is the one that often gets blocked in heart disease.
The heart muscle is controlled by the nervous system, as is every other organ of the human body, and the nerve responsible for the majority of this control is the Vagus Nerve.
The heart is comprised of 4 chambers that pump blood around the body. These are the left and right atrium and the left and right ventricle.
The upper part of the heart, the atria, is the smaller part of the heart and is responsible receiving blood from the body. The lower part of the heart, the ventricles, is the larger part and is responsible for pumping blood around the body.
The right side of the heart pumps blood to the lungs to receive oxygen and the left side of the heart pumps the oxygenated blood around the body.
Our heart is constantly working, every second of every day. It is a muscle with great stamina and should be looked after. The more we stress the heart muscle the shorter it will live. The more we can do to look after it, the better it will serve us.
The average heart beat is 60 beats per minute but this will significantly change depending on the exertion you are putting upon yourself. The average blood pressure is 120/80 and again this is a reflection of your environment and both internal and external stress, therefore it can fluctuate greatly.
As chiropractors our approach to health is the understanding that the body has the ability to work well, we see individuals as well and not sick. Our focus is on allowing a person to maximise their ‘well’ or ‘health’ expression, through improving the nervous system. Adjustments to the higher part of the spine have a dramatic effect on the Vagus Nerve. Therefore with specific and accurate chiropractic adjustments the potential is there to improve the control and overall function of the heart.