In one last study involving chiropractors at Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic, 47 patients between 25 and 55 years old were given a cervical or thoracic adjustment and heart rate, pulse pressure and blood pressure was checked.
They found that cervical adjustments may result in parasympathetic responses and thoracic adjustments caused sympathetic responses. They also found a correlation between the type of autonomic responses and the particular segment of the spine that was adjusted.
As you can see, no one can come right out and say chiropractic will help atrial fibrillation. However, taking all this information in together, it suggests that chiropractic could be worth a try.
How to Select a Chiropractor for AFib
You really won’t be selecting a chiropractor specifically for atrial fibrillation, so your questions when you call different chiropractic offices are these:
- How long have you been practicing?
- What methods of chiropractic do you use?
- Do you have any equipment in your office that patients who have a pacemaker or fibrillation should not be around?
- Have you treated patients with heart disease? How many? (Notice the question is not for heart disease)
- How do you work payments for your services?
Then give it a four-week trial. If you see improvement, stick it out for another month. You didn’t get your AFib overnight so some long-term treatments are going to be the best option.