Studies across the world have found that you can lower abnormal blood pressure in healthy bodies by 7.8 – 13%.
Findings published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics Vol, 24,No.2,by Dr Gary Knutson DC., show chiropractic adjustments to the upper neck can lower systolic blood pressure almost immediately.
According to Dr Laurie Tassell, National Spokesperson for the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia, a chiropractic pilot study involving 80 people found there is a relationship between the upper neck vertebrae and the body’s natural blood pressure control reflexes.
“With gentle chiropractic adjustment to the upper neck, blood pressure can be lowered, with good results measured for older patients in particular,” he said.
Traditionally the causes of blood pressure, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, have been linked to excess weight, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, dietary salt intake and nutrition patterns with low intake of fruit and vegetables and a high intake of saturated fat.
“The benefit of chiropractic care is that it is a drugless, painless, and surgically free approach to good health, with the goal of helping allow the body to function and repair itself,” said Dr Tassell.
Additionally a placebo-controlled study in the US found a special 'atlas adjustment' can significantly lower blood pressure. "This procedure has the effect of not one, but two blood-pressure medications given in combination," says study leader George Bakris, MD. "And it seems to be adverse-event free. We saw no side effects and no problems," says Bakris, director of the University of Chicago hypertension centre. This is far from the many possible side effects of regular blood pressure medication.
After 8 weeks 25 patients in the early-stages of high blood pressure had significantly lower blood pressure than the 25 patients who had the placebo chiropractic adjustment. The patients were unable to tell which group they were in because they couldn’t feel the technique being used.
Case studies showing changes in blood pressure after Chiropractic care are becoming more and more abundant. Although not a treatment for any disease Chiropractic is designed to maximise life and boost the bodies recuperative powers. Chiropractic teaches us to remove all interferences with body function (subluxation) and to seek out more natural, conservative methods before submitting to more radical (drug and surgical) approaches. Exercise, rest and emotional care, along with a healthy spine and nervous system are all vital for optimal health and well - being. Explore them all.