Can Chiropractic Lower My Blood Pressure?

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High blood pressure in an extremely common problem in America today, so much so that about 1 in 3 people (around 70 million) report suffering from hypertension.  Of these 70 million, only about 50 percent have control over their high blood pressure issue.  This is concerning because high blood pressure comes with many serious health implications, such as risk of heart attacks or strokes that can lead to death.  Knowing all of this, it comes as no surprise that one of the leading health problems in the United States is heart disease.  No exact cause is known although some people attribute hypertension to a poor diet or a lack of exercise.  No matter what the underlying cause, it has become apparent that something should be done to lower blood pressure and reduce related health concerns.

Methods for Managing Hypertension

Common treatment options for high blood pressure include medications and blood thinners that may or may not work.  Even if medications do lower blood pressure, they can be expensive and come with a risk of unpleasant side effects.  Because of such a low success rate of medication that attempts to manage high blood pressure, many are looking into other options such as chiropractic care from Bentonville chiropractors.

Removing Misalignments Can Reduce Hypertension

Studies conducted to explore how chiropractic can lower blood pressure have shown a strong correlation between high blood pressure and the atlas vertebra, located at the top of the spinal cord near the brainstem.  This vertebra is solely responsible for the communication pathways that control the function of the cardiovascular system.  Misalignments of the spine can cause arteries to contract, causing blood flow around the base of the skull to push against their walls forcefully, causing high blood pressure.  Dr. Tom Niemela, a Bentonville chiropractor, will gently adjust the spine, removing misalignments and restoring proper blood flow, thus effectively reducing blood pressure.

Clinical Studies Support Chiropractic for Lowering Blood Pressure

Several case studies have been done to show the correlation between chiropractic and lowering blood pressure.  In fact, a case study conducted in 2007 at the University of Chicago followed 50 people with hypertension over a period of 8 weeks.  Some people received real chiropractic adjustments while others received fake adjustments.  The results of this study showed that those who received spinal adjustments were able to lower their blood pressure by an average of 17 points!  This is such a dramatic drop that doctors say it would require taking two blood pressure medications to see this kind of drop without chiropractic care.

Next Steps

Just because you aren’t in pain doesn’t mean your spine doesn’t have a misalignment.  Pain is usually the last symptom to manifest itself.  A gentle adjustment can not only lower blood pressure but also improve overall health and wellness.  Before your blood pressure get worse or you begin to experience pain due to a misalignment, contact Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic to set up a consultations to discuss chiropractic care for hypertension.

 

Sources

Bakris, G.L., Dickholtz, M., Meyer, P., Kravitz, G., Avery, E., Miller, M. Brown, J. Woodfield, C., Bell, B.M. “Atlas Vertebra Realignment and Achievement of Arterial Pressure Goal in Hypertensive Patients: A Pilot Study.” Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2007 Oct: 1-9. http://www.chiro.org/research/ABSTRACTS/Atlas_Vertebra_Realignment.shtml.

Kessinger, R.C., Mow, C. “Improvement in Chronic Hypertension Following a Single Upper Cervical Adjustment: A Case Report.” Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, 2015 Jan: 1-5.