Feb, 2016

What Back and Neck Pain Has in Common with Heart Disease

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A study was done “way back” in 1976 with 600 cases of chest pain.

In 197 of the patients the chest pain was because of pressure on the spinal cord. 1

Why would something that normally causes back and neck pain be related to symptoms most people connect with heart disease?

According to another research paper “way back” in 1972 researchers found that pressure on your spinal cord triggers an “autonomic response”. 2

What does this mean to regular people?

This is really important to understand because the autonomic nerve system is the system that controls all your “unconscious” body functions.

Heart rate, breathing, digestion, immune function. . . basically everything that you don’t think about.

Back and neck pain is a late stage of pressure on the spinal cord.

Long before you feel back and neck pain your nerve system is responding.

The problem is that most people don’t know that symptoms like chest pain, high blood pressure, respiratory problems (like asthma) and digestive issues can all be earlier signs of pressure on the nerve system.

Back and neck pain are usually the last symptoms to arrive.

So that mean’s you can go to a lot of doctors and be on a lot of medications unnecessarily if you haven’t had your nerve system checked.

Heart disease, back and neck pain, nerve system function. . . they are all connected.

Symptom control or heath care?

The last few decades our system has focused on controlling your symptoms, not building your health.

If you want to be healthy from the inside out then you absolutely need a great chiropractor on your team. A corrective chiropractor is trained in finding and removing blocks to your nerve system.

When your nerve system is free to do it’s job then there is no reason for your autonomic nerve system to respond with a cry for help.

Did you ever think heart disease or asthma was a cry for help?

Your brain and nerve system will get your attention if you are ignoring a problem. Symptoms are one of the way’s your brain get’s your attention.

Getting a complete spinal check up just makes logical sense if you want to live a long and healthy life. After all your nerve system is the master control system for every other system in your body.

Don’t wait for back and neck pain.

Waiting for your body to break down is a bad idea. . . even through it’s what is normal in our society. Please treat your body with the same concern you treat your vehicle. Don’t ignore the nerve system maintenance required for 100+Living.

What you can do to break free of a system that is not health care.

I really believe that your best health and lifestyle mentor is a great chiropractor.

Today’s chiropractic is all about a balanced, practical approach to life.

If you are having trouble finding a chiropractor in your area that specializes in what we’re talking about then connect with us. I am fortunate to have trained with and even coached chiropractors all across North America. In fact this month I just connected someone with a chiro in Perth Australia. . .

Contact me at my office in Kelowna (250-870-9136) and I’ll try my best to connect you with a chiropractor in your area that does corrective work and offers the “added value” advice and insight that we all need if we are going to live a long and healthy life.

For 120 years our profession has lead the way in common sense health solutions.

And that is my goal; to give you practical and time-tested solutions so you and your family can focus on what matters most.

I don’t want you to stress about where you are going to be in 30, 40 or 50 years with your health.

If you can start doing the things today that build health, you can look forward to a healthy retirement and future.



  1. The effects of cervical cord injury on Cardiac Rhythm and Conduction. Am Heart J, 1972; 83(5):659-662.
  2. Cervical Angina. Spine, 1976; 1(1):28.