The Surprising Connection: How a Healthy Spine Benefits Heart Health

The Surprising Connection: How a Healthy Spine Benefits Heart Health

When it comes to heart health, most of us immediately think about exercising, eating right, and managing stress. However, there is a lesser-known factor that plays a significant role in cardiovascular wellness – the health of your spine.

In this blog post, we will explore the surprising connection between a healthy spine and heart health and offer practical tips on how to maintain both.

  1. The Spine-Heart Connection
    The spine and the heart are more interconnected than you might think. The central nervous system, which controls all bodily functions including heart rate and blood pressure, runs through the spine. A misalignment or dysfunction in the spine can disrupt the nervous system’s communication with the heart, potentially impacting its health.
  2. Proper Alignment and Heart Health:
    Maintaining proper alignment of the spine is crucial for optimal heart health. Misalignments, known as subluxations, can impede nerve signals traveling to and from the heart. Regular chiropractic care, including spinal adjustments, can correct subluxations, ensuring the nervous system functions optimally and promoting a healthy heart.
  3. Stress Reduction and Heart Health:
    Chronic stress is a significant risk factor for heart disease. When the spine is out of alignment, it can contribute to increased stress on the body, leading to heightened levels of stress hormones like cortisol. Chiropractic adjustments release tension in the spine and help reduce stress, benefiting both the body and the heart.
  4. Improved Posture and Heart Function:
    Poor posture not only affects the spine but can also impact heart health. Slouching or hunching forward compresses the chest cavity, limiting lung capacity and inhibiting proper heart function. Chiropractic care focuses on improving posture and spinal alignment, which helps alleviate pressure on the heart and lungs, promoting better cardiovascular health.
  5. Encouraging an Active Lifestyle:
    Maintaining a healthy spine can positively impact physical function, enabling individuals to engage in physical activity more comfortably. Regular exercise is a key component of heart health, and a healthy spine allows for better movement and reduced risk of injury during exercise. Chiropractic care can enhance spinal mobility and support an active lifestyle that benefits both the spine and heart.

Taking care of your spine goes beyond just alleviating back pain – it can contribute to your overall heart health as well. By maintaining proper alignment, reducing stress, improving posture, and encouraging an active lifestyle, chiropractic care plays an essential role in supporting a healthy spine and heart connection. Consider chiropractic care at Pure Wellness as part of your heart-healthy regimen. Your heart and spine will thank you for it!

A Chiropractic New Year’s Resolution

A Chiropractic New Year’s Resolution

It’s hard to believe, the time has already come to flip the calendar year and embark on a journey of setting resolutions to improve our health and well-being. These resolutions however are often forgotten by February. Mainly because they demand a lot of effort and sacrifice.

Make 2024 Your Best Year with Chiropractic

Luckily, having chiropractic care as one of your health goals is a healthy resolution you can make, and it’s easy to keep, compared to many difficult resolutions requiring large amounts of self-discipline. Check out these reasons why:

Chiropractic Provides Pain Relief

At Pure Wellness Chiropractic, we use precise, effective, and gentle adjustments to relieve debilitating back pain, joint pain, and general discomfort while improving flexibility and mobility. Stress and spinal misalignment are the most common causes of back and neck pain. Through adjustments, having the spine realigned should relieve the pain caused by misalignment. Our patients often report immediate relief, allowing you to leave our office with more energy.

Chiropractic Requires Little Effort

It can be challenging to jump into a rigorous and demanding resolution after the holiday season. Of course, most of us want to be lazy after all the hustle and bustle of December, and that’s okay! At Pure Wellness Chiropractic, you spend only a few minutes relaxing and letting your chiropractic physicians work their magic. As an additional benefit, we are happy to recommend stretches and exercises you can do at home to allow you to further benefit from your adjustments.

Chiropractic Benefits Long-Term Health Goals

Getting adjusted by a chiropractor is not just about relieving acute joint pain, but it also benefits your entire musculoskeletal system. When your body is functioning optimally, you’ll have more energy to be active. Additionally, it can be beneficial for anxiety, insomnia, and losing weight. The benefits of a properly aligned spine extend throughout the rest of your body.

Chiropractic at Pure Wellness is Convenient

Pure Wellness Chiropractic has 5 convenient locations in Delaware and are accepting new patients. We make scheduling an adjustment easy — just click here to get started! No matter how busy or erratic your schedule is, we are here to help! Our goal is to provide our patients with the best healthcare available. Contact us today 866-MYPUREWELL to find out how chiropractic can benefit your 2024 New Year’s resolutions and health goals.

Tips to Stay Healthy This Fall

Tips to Stay Healthy This Fall

The transition to the shorter and busier days of Fall can be a challenge. To help ease the change, we’ve put together some Fall Wellness Tips to get you ready for the colder months and keep your mental (and physical) health in check.

Boost your immune system! As the weather gets colder, it’s important to strengthen your immune system. Consider taking vitamin supplements like Vitamin C and Zinc, which can support your immune system. Start taking a Vitamin D supplement. We get most of our Vitamin D from the sun, so our intake decreases when the weather is colder since we spend most of our time inside during the Fall/Winter seasons. 

Stay active! Don’t let the colder temperatures discourage you from staying active. It’s important to get in some movement throughout the day, to boost your mood and maintain a healthy weight. Raking leaves or shoveling snow counts, but you can try indoor activities like yoga, Pilates, or home workouts.

Get yourself ready for Daylight Savings Time! Prioritize quality sleep to support your overall health and well-being. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night by establishing a consistent sleep routine and creating a comfortable sleep environment. 

Practice good hygiene! Frequent handwashing and practicing good hygiene habits remain crucial in preventing the spread of illnesses. Remember to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating or touching your face. Moisturize your skin as harsh temperatures can make your skin dry.

Stay hydrated! Even though the weather is cooler, it’s still important to stay hydrated. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day, to support your body’s functions and maintain good health.

Manage stress! Fall can be a busy and stressful time for many people. Stress can cause tension and tightness in your muscles, leading to discomfort and spinal misalignment. Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or engaging in activities you enjoy. Regular chiropractic adjustments can also help relieve stress and tension.

Eat seasonal and nutritious foods! Take advantage of the seasonal produce available during Fall. Pumpkins, squash, apples, pears, beets, broccoli, cabbage, eggplant, kale are all great choices. These foods are packed with nutrients and can be incorporated into healthy and delicious recipes.

Be kind to yourself! The holidays can cause weight gain, the shorter days can cause low mood, and the season change can throw your body out of balance. Listen to your body and give it what it needs, and don’t beat yourself up! Try reframing negative thoughts into positive ones.

Get your spine checked regularly! Regular chiropractic adjustments can help maintain spinal alignment and improve overall health. Chiropractors can identify and correct any spinal misalignments that may be causing pain or discomfort. Consider scheduling regular chiropractic visits to ensure your spine is properly aligned.

Remember, staying healthy encompasses physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Prioritize self-care and make healthy choices to support overall wellness this Fall. Whether it’s been some time since your previous visit, or you’re new to chiropractic care, we are here to support you! Visit www.purewellchiro.com or give us a call at 866.MyPureWell to speak with our patient coordinators who will assist with scheduling your visit.

Why Sleep is so Important for Digestion

Why Sleep is so Important for Digestion

Sleep is the time when your body and mind rest, recover, and repair themselves. Digestion is the process of breaking down food into nutrients that can be absorbed by your body.

Sleep and digestion are closely linked because they both involve similar hormones and chemicals that help regulate each other’s function. Without enough sleep, you may experience digestive problems such as indigestion or heartburn; on the other hand, poor digestion can cause you to feel tired throughout the day–and therefore less inclined to get enough restful sleep at night!

The Role of Sleep in Digestion

When you don’t get enough sleep, your body doesn’t function at its best. Your digestive system is no exception to this rule. When you’re short on shut-eye, it can affect everything from how fast food digests to how well your body absorbs nutrients from the food you eat.

When we’re awake and active during the day, our bodies are constantly producing hormones that tell us when we’re full or hungry; these hormones also regulate digestion by slowing down when we eat and speeding up when we need to pass waste through our intestines (1). But when we don’t get enough sleep–or if our circadian rhythms are disrupted–these processes become impaired: Our bodies produce less hunger-suppressing leptin and more hunger-stimulating ghrelin (2). This means that even though our stomachs may be full after dinner time, there’s still an urge to keep eating because those hunger signals aren’t being properly regulated by sleep deprivation.

The Link Between Poor Sleep and Digestive Disorders

There are a number of digestive disorders that can be caused by or exacerbated by poor sleep. These include:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, which are inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD)

The Benefits of Adequate Sleep for Digestion

When you sleep enough, your body has the opportunity to repair and rebuild itself. This includes the digestive system. When you’re getting enough sleep, your body can focus on repairing any damage that may have been done during the day. In addition to helping with digestion issues such as bloating or constipation, adequate sleep also helps keep you at a healthy weight by regulating hormones like leptin (which controls hunger) and ghrelin (which controls appetite).
If you’re struggling with digestion issues like bloating or constipation, it’s important to consider how much sleep you’re getting each night. If possible try increasing your nightly rest time by 15 minutes until you find what works best for your body!

Tips for Getting Better Sleep

  • Create a bedtime routine. A regular routine will help your body know when it’s time to go to sleep and when it’s time to wake up.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol in the evenings, as these can interfere with sleep quality.
  • Exercise regularly, but not right before bedtime–exercise boosts energy levels and makes you feel awake, which can make it difficult for you to fall asleep at night.

The importance of sleep for digestion is clear. If you’re not getting enough sleep, your body may not be able to properly digest food, leading to indigestion and other digestive problems.
Sleep is also crucial for maintaining a healthy gut microbiome–the collection of bacteria that live in your intestines and help break down food so it can be absorbed by the body. When you don’t get enough shut-eye, these microbes can become imbalanced which can lead to inflammation throughout the digestive tract.

In honor of World Posture Awareness Month, we’re sharing…

In honor of World Posture Awareness Month, we’re sharing…

Proper Posture: The Keys to a Healthy and Confident You

We have all heard it before – sit up straight, don’t slouch, shoulders back – but how important is proper posture? The answer is very important. Good posture not only makes you look more confident and poised, but it also has numerous health benefits. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of proper posture and provide tips on how to improve your posture.

Importance of Proper Posture

The benefits of good posture go beyond just looking good. Here are some of the key reasons why you should pay attention to your posture:

  1. Reduce Pain: Poor posture can lead to back, neck, and shoulder pain. When you slouch, it puts pressure on your spine and muscles, which can cause discomfort and pain.
  2. Improve Breathing: When you sit or stand up straight, your lungs have more room to expand, allowing you to take deeper breaths. This can improve your breathing and overall health.
  3. Boost Confidence: Good posture can make you look taller and more confident. When you stand up straight, you appear more alert and engaged, which can boost your self-esteem.

Top Tips for Improving Posture

Improving your posture doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are some simple tips to get you started:

  1. Sit up Straight: When sitting, make sure your back is straight, your shoulders are relaxed, and your feet are flat on the floor.
  2. Stand Tall: When standing, keep your weight evenly distributed on both feet, your shoulders back, and your head level.
  3. Take Breaks: If you sit for long periods, take regular breaks to stand up, stretch and move around. This can help reduce stiffness and improve circulation.
  4. Exercise: Regular exercise can help strengthen your muscles and improve your posture. Focus on exercises that strengthen your back, shoulders, and core.
  5. Use Ergonomic Furniture: Invest in ergonomic furniture such as an adjustable chair or standing desk, which can help you maintain good posture while working.
  6. Consistent Chiropractic Adjustments: These adjustments help to realign and maintain a healthy spine, ensuring optimal central nervous system function and physical well-being! Call 866.MyPureWell to schedule your next, or first, appointment!

All in all, proper posture is essential for a healthy and confident you. By following these simple tips, you can improve your posture and enjoy the many benefits that come with it. Remember, good posture takes practice and patience, so be consistent in your efforts, and you will see the results!

Whether it’s been some time since your previous adjustment or you’re new to chiropractic care, we are here to support you! Visit www.PureWellChiro.com or give us a call at 866.MyPureWell to speak with our patient coordinators who will assist with scheduling your visit.

February is National Heart Month!

February is National Heart Month!

It’s always important to take care of your heart, but February is National Heart Month, so let’s look at how chiropractic care is good for your cardiac health. The distribution of the heart’s nerves comes from the thoracic region of the spinal cord, so it’s essential to keep these nerves free from impingement. Chiropractic care does that, ensuring that your heart works properly. Here are some other ways chiropractic care helps keep your ticker, ticking!

Reduce blood pressure

Chronically high blood pressure puts a lot of stress on your heart’s chambers and your arteries and veins. Chiropractic manipulation has been shown to reduce blood pressure, protecting your heart.

Reduce anxiety

Because chiropractic treatment lowers blood pressure, it also reduces anxiety. Anxious people often experience heart palpitations and do not get enough sleep. By reducing the many unhealthy side effects of anxiety, you protect your heart.

Get more sleep

Numerous studies have proven that lack of sleep can lead to everything from stroke and heart attack to high blood pressure and heart failure, so getting more sleep is good for your heart. As we’ve already seen, chiropractic care reduces anxiety, leading to more sleep. It also reduces back, neck, and joint pain, which helps you sleep more.

Improve lung function

To function properly, your heart needs your lungs. If your lungs are not working right, your heart muscle will not have enough oxygen to beat properly. Chiropractic care helps protect your lung function.

Reduce inflammation

Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to reduce inflammation throughout the body. This includes inflammation in the arteries, veins, and heart that causes cardiovascular disease.

Chiropractic care for heart health

These are just some of the many ways in which chiropractic care can help your cardiac health. During February, which is National Heart Month, protect your heart with a visit to Pure Wellness. We would love to show you the many benefits of chiropractic for your overall health and well-being.