Elevated blood pressure (hypertension) is a serious, chronic condition that is a risk factor for a number of life-threatening conditions. Long-term hypertension puts the body at risk for heart failure, aneurysm, stroke, heart attack, and renal (kidney) failure. Chiropractic care is a proven, successful method of lowering blood pressure to avert future health crises.
Blood pressure readings are taken as systolic and diastolic pressure, respectively, and are measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). Systolic pressure measures when the heart beats. This number should not consistently exceed 140mmHg. Diastolic pressure is the measurement of pressure inside the blood vessels when the heart is at rest. This number should not regularly top 90mmHg. When blood pressure numbers are above these acceptable perimeters, hypertension is diagnosed.
Hypertension is usually asymptomatic. Fortunately, blood pressure readings are easy to obtain and should be monitored closely. When patients do suffer from symptoms of hypertension, they might experience irregular heartbeat or chest pain.
Chiropractic for High Blood Pressure
Doctors of Chiropractic have long known that chiropractic treatment has a significant impact on blood pressure. As a number of studies have proven, the traditional medical community has also accepted the obvious fact of chiropractic’s effect on hypertensive patients.
While chiropractic treatment concerns itself with the health of entire spine (and therefore the health of the entire body), studies have shown that hypertension responds particularly well to adjustments to the cervical (neck) spine. By correctly aligning the Atlas vertebra—the bone found at the very top of the spine—blood pressure can be significantly lowered.
A study was completed at the University of Chicago that confirms the connection between the Atlas vertebra and hypertension. In this study, 25 patients received adjustments while another group underwent a sham procedure. Although none of the patients took blood pressure medicine during the eight weeks of the study, those who received chiropractic treatment saw an average greater drop of 14 mmHg in systolic pressure, and an average greater reduction by 8 mmHg in diastolic blood pressure.*
Chiropractic Treatment for Hypertension: Sea Girt Spine and Rehabilitation
Chiropractic care is an excellent method of lowering blood pressure; it works in conjunction with healthy lifestyle choices such as losing weight, increasing exercise, and quitting smoking. At Sea Girt Spine and Rehabilitation, we can help you get started on the right path to increased lifespan by lowering hypertension through chiropractic adjustment and encouraging better overall health. For example, we incorporate acupuncture to help patients quit smoking. Our physical therapy department can help inactive or overweight patients reduce pain and increase activity, while massage therapy contributes to relaxation.