Blood Pressure In Vancouver
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is widespread in North America today. In fact, in Canada alone it is estimated that 7.5 million people, 1 in 5 adults, live with high blood pressure.
Could lowering your high blood pressure be only an adjustment away? At In Touch Chiropractic, we consistently have patients telling us they’ve seen decreases in their high blood pressure since starting chiropractic. They are typically surprised because that is rarely their primary reason for consulting our office. Few people are fully aware of the numerous health benefits that chiropractic care can provide; so when patients start noticing these other positive effects from care they become curious, and want to understand more about how these changes are possible. I always remind them that their body’s nervous system is the master control system for their body; every function is under the control of that system.
Chiropractic care removes pressure from the nervous system by restoring the normal function of the bones and joints of the spine. If those areas of pressure are affecting the centers for blood pressure control; blood pressure will be poorly regulated, and benefit by removing the pressure.
Research from the University of Chicago Medical Center has helped confirm what chiropractors have been telling their patients for years: demonstrating a link between the spine, nervous system, and high blood pressure. The study was published in the March 2, 2007 issue of The Journal of Human Hypertension and was also featured on WebMD. 50 patients with hypertension were divided into two groups of 25 each. One group of 25 received a specific chiropractic adjustment to correct a misalignment in the upper neck. Misalignment, also known as subluxation, usually goes undiagnosed, and causes no pain or discomfort. The other group of 25 received a similar procedure but with no adjustment being given. Researchers called this procedure the “sham adjustment.”
After 8 weeks of care, the 25 people in the group receiving the real chiropractic adjustments all showed a significant reduction in blood pressure compared to the group that received the sham adjustment. Those patients who got the real adjustment showed an average of 14 mm Hg greater drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure count), and an average of 8 mm Hg greater drop in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom blood pressure number) over those who got the sham adjustment.
X-rays confirmed that the chiropractic adjustments actually changed the position of the upper neck among those in the study group.
The study leader reported that the procedure had the effect of not one, but two blood pressure medications given in combination. Also, his team reported no negative side effects from the adjustment.
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