High blood pressure is a condition in which the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems. Some of these health problems include stroke, heart disease, heart failure, sexual dysfunction, vision loss, heart attack, and kidney disease. It is estimated that 1 out of every 3 adults in America have high blood pressure! With staggering numbers of upwards of 75 million people who suffer from high blood pressure, often times these patients are put on anti-hyptertensive medications such as lisinopril, HCTZ, diltiazem, lorsartan, and benazepril. Monitoring blood pressure is vital for our health. It can tell us how our circulatory system is functioning. Once issues are identified, it is common for physicians to prescribe these medications to attempt to regulate these issues with our blood pressure. However, research shows that 70% of patients need at least 2, if not more blood pressure medications to regulate their blood pressure. More medications mean more side effects. What if there is another way to help our body regulate itself without medications and their side effects?
An 8-week study of blood pressure patients followed 50 people to determine if there was a difference in blood pressure numbers after specific chiropractic care was utilized. The patients were put into 2 groups. One group was given "sham adjustments" meaning not distinguishable from real adjustments, and the other were given specific upper cervical adjustments to the atlas bone in the neck. Results showed that the "real" adjustment group saw a drop in their blood pressure without the use of medication. By restoring the alignment of the spine by removing subluxations in the neck, the body is allowed to function properly and regulatory functions are free from interference. By visiting a chiropractor, and specifically an upper cervical chiropractor, lowering blood pressure is just one of the many benefits of chiropractic care!
Yours in Health,
Dr. Nicholas J. Knutson, DC
MOUNTAIN ISLAND CHIROPRACTIC
10917 Black Dog Ln., Suite 101
Charlotte, NC 28214
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Bakris, G., Dickholtz, M., Meyer, P., M., Kravitz, G., Avery, E., Miller, M., ...Bell, B. (2007). Atlas vertebra realignment and achievement of arterial pressure goal in hypertensive patients:A pilot study. Journal of Human Hypertension, 21(5), 347-352. doi:10.1038/sj.jhh.1002133