Chiropractic Care for the Treatment of Hypertension
Posted by Greg Ingram, DC
A study headed by George Bakris, MD compared blood pressure readings of 25 patients who received specific adjustments to the atlas vertebra (the top bone in the neck), compared to 25 patients who received sham chiropractic adjustments. Eight weeks after undergoing the procedure, 25 patients with early-stage hypertension had significantly lower blood pressure than the 25 similar patients who received sham chiropractic adjustments.
Compared to the patients who received sham adjustments, those who received real chiropractic adjustments saw an average of 14mm Hg greater drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number) and an average 8 mm Hg greater drop in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number).
So how is this possible? The control centers for the body are located at the base of the brain called the brainstem. These centers control basic unconscious bodily functions such as breathing, heartbeat, and blood pressure. If the Atlas vertebra pinches against the brainstem, it may not cause pain but it can upset these basic functions.
This procedure has the effect of not one, but two blood-pressure medications given in combination. The adjustment has the additional benefit of not causing adverse side effects.