A recent study out of the University of Chicago showed that Upper Cervical Chiropractic can reduce blood pressure by the equivalent of taking 2 medications simultaneously! “This procedure has the effect of not one, but two blood-pressure medications given in combination….and we saw no side effects and no problems”, George Bakris MD tells WebMD. Researchers have suggested that injury or misalignment to the Atlas vertebra (C1) can affect blood flow and interfere with the bodies’ natural ability to regulate blood pressure.
Hypertension is the term used to describe high blood pressure. Blood pressure is a measurement of the force against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps blood through your body. If blood pressure is too high, there is an increased risk for Heart Disease, Stroke, and kidney problems (among other conditions). Attempting to reduce blood pressure naturally, without the potential costs & side effects of medication, would appear to be a logical first step in managing this condition.
~Noah Kaplan, D.C.
Bakris G, Dickholtz M Sr, Meyer PM, et al. Atlas vertebra realignment and achievement of arterial pressure goal in hypertensive patients: a pilot study. J Hum Hypertens. 2007 May;21(5):347-52. Epub 2007 Mar 2.