Chiropractic Care & High Blood Pressure
Chiropractic care can help lower high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a health condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke, heart failure, kidney and other serious problems.
A study that showed chiropractic care can help lower high blood pressure focused on 50 high blood pressure patients. Twenty five received chiropractic care and the other 25 received a placebo treatment. The results showed an average 14 mm Hg greater drop in blood pressure in the 25 patients who received the real chiropractic treatment.
Chiropractic adjustments used for high blood pressure focuses on the C-1 vertebra which is called the Atlas vertebra. This vertebra is important because it holds the base of the brain where all the muscles of the body are controlled. When misaligned, research has suggested blood flow in the arteries can be affected.
Adjusting this vertebra has shown to normalize blood pressure and even end the need for blood pressure medication. Of course this depends on the patient and whether they’ve previously suffered head or neck trauma according to George Bakris, MD who performed the study.