Treatments for AF pretty much focus on drugs and ablations with diet, supplement, and exercise recommendations. Most of the time none of these eliminate atrial fibrillation long term; yet help in the short term. Each can have positive and negative consequences. Maybe research is required in areas not presently being done. I don’t have medical training and only know my own personal experience over the past four years; but, for what it may be worth to some who read this, I will provide a summary of what I have concluded. I do not take any medications and do not have other health issues.
The brain tells the heart what to do and the spine is the nerve highway to allow this to happen. There could be other reasons the heart fibrillates so what I have related below then may not apply.
Finally I have found a nerve trained chiropractor who focuses on whole body health and how the nerves in the spine and neck impact my health. With my feedback, he has been able to significantly reduce my AF episodes. He has not finished trying to eliminate them entirely. I have experienced many other health improvements as well.
He looks for subluxations (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vertebral_subluxation) in structure that is out of alignment and corrects this. My wife and I have both experienced positive health changes. And my wife was the most skeptical yet has experienced the most benefit between the two of us.
The nerves that impact the heart are most affected by neck vertebrae C1 and thoracic vertebrae T1, T2 and T5. Vertebrae adjacent to these can also have an impact.
Many adjustments may be required to correct subluxations in vertebrae.
If you pay attention to your heart’s performance, you will come to learn how the adjustments impact the heart.
After about 50 adjustments, TI and T2 seem to stay where they should be. C1 now has less impact and T5 is still a challenge. I can now tell which vertebrae cause my heart to misbehave. My chiropractor is amazed that I know this.
Most of the time I can move my back to stop my heart from entering AF or missing beats.
Now most AF episodes start within 2 minutes of lying down. I usually only need to stand to return the heart to sinus. Sometimes, I need to manipulate my back; but, if I don’t catch the AF quick enough, I cannot stop it. My heart then stays in AF from 2 to 4 hours unless I go for a walk and 98% of the time it will stop after 30 minutes of walking.
My heart rate used to be in the low 50’s and now it is in the 60’s or 70’s most of the time. Low heart rate and missing beats often lead to AF.
I have noticed, that when my heart is missing beats, my systolic blood pressure is higher. If I adjust my back and the heart returns to pure sinus, this pressure reduces to normal.
I have a three lead EKG device which I can use to verify what my heart is doing. From what I have learned from the charts I have recorded, I pretty much always know, by feeling the pulse in my wrist, what my heart is doing. There could be specific attributes that I don’t know but it is unlikely there are any significant bad things happening.
As an aside, many AF suffers incur frequent urination during an AF episode. The nerves that impact the kidneys are located at or near T5. Perhaps subluxations in this area cause this response as I know they impact the heart response.
Vagal maneuvers are thought to impact the heart. If you pay attention, you will note that they impact your spine and maybe this causes the nerve signals to the heart to change.
Humans now spend a lot of time on devices and sitting which negatively impacts the spine. Maybe this is the reason more people have AF.
Many of you will poke holes in what I have related and you could be right. But for me, the positive results I have obtained make me think I made a wise choice in exploring this option. The key to success is finding a chiropractor who has extra training about nerves, who can competently adjust C1 and is willing to try what you ask. This website is that of the chiropractor who treats me. (http://roachchiropractic.com) You may find something useful on his site or some insight into who you should choose as a chiropractor, if you decide to explore this way to perhaps help you reduce or eliminate your AF symptoms.
As far as I can tell, this approach has not been researched and the doctors who help you will likely say this cannot help. Yet, this is likely conjecture with no concrete justification for this opinion. I asked Sanja Gupta and this was his opinion but he did not did not justify his opinion. AF is a multi-billion dollar business so research that could prove that this approach is effective will likely not happen any time soon since there is no money available to do it, no money to be made and a lot of money to be lost.
So poke holes and lets see what you can teach me which is the reason most of us are so positive about this website.