The more we age, the more we hear certain words:
- blood pressure
If we age well, these words cause us no concern. If we don’t, we go on high alert, monitoring our sugar levels, our weight, and food intake. Healthy aging really requires a team effort. While there are countless steps we can take ourselves to promote healthy aging, like eating a balanced diet and staying active, having the support of a team of healthcare professionals to keep you on the right path is helpful. Research is continuing to suggest that chiropractic adjustments have blood pressure lowering benefits. This is yet another significant advantage to adding a chiropractor to your healthcare team.
One of the keys to healthy aging is minimizing our dependence on pharmaceuticals. The reason? Pharmaceuticals simply mask the root of the problem. Granted, if we have high blood pressure and take a blood pressure lowering drug, we will lower our blood pressure. But why was our blood pressure high to begin with? What are the side effects of taking a particular pharmaceutical? How much do these side effects negatively impact our lives? If we make no other changes to our lifestyle other than taking a pill each day have we really addressed the root cause? No, we have not. It’s true that when a doctor prescribes a particular medicine, like one for lowering blood pressure, that there is also the expectation that the patient will also take other steps to improve their overall health. Steps like eating a healthy diet and exercising. However, the reality is that we have a safety net in place with the prescription medication. Even if we aren’t making the best decisions each day to encourage a healthy lifestyle, the medication will pick up the slack.
The reality is that prescription medications should be viewed as a temporary bridge between where we are and where we want to go. If we can avoid it, they should never become a permanent fixture in our lives. Rather, we should take the steps necessary to improve our lives to the point where we no longer need medications like those to lower our blood pressure. Adding a chiropractor to your healthcare team can be a pivotal step in getting you where you want to go in terms of better health. Lowering blood pressure and pulse rate through chiropractic adjustments are just one of the countless health benefits to chiropractic care.
Continue to increase your arsenal of resources to promote your healthy aging. Not only for you, but for those you love as well.