Can Chiropractic Treatment Help Your High Blood Pressure?
What’s the big deal about being diagnosed with hypertension, or high blood pressure as it’s commonly called?
About 1/3 of all Americans have been diagnosed as having high blood pressure, and another third has been diagnosed with prehypertension because their blood pressure numbers are higher than normal.
The interesting thing is, many of them don’t know they have it or those that do know, don’t always have any idea why they have it.
Although it’s a very common condition, it can be fatal…it is a serious thing that can lead to:
- Coronary heart disease
- Kidney failure
- Heart Failure
- and various other problems
So what does it mean if you have high blood pressure?
As your heart beats, it pushes blood through the arteries throughout your body, and as it does so, the blood pushes against the walls of the arteries creating a certain amount of pressure or force. That pressure is measured by 2 different numbers, systolic which measures the pressure inside the arteries and diastolic which measures the pressure between heartbeats. A normal blood pressure reading is 120/80; 120 being the systolic number and 80 being the diastolic number. When these numbers are consistently higher, you are either prehypertensive or you are hypertensive.
Typically when someone is diagnosed with high blood pressure, their physician will prescribe medication to treat it, and although the medications usually work, they often come with side effects…
- Lightheadedness or fainting
- Upset stomach
- Bleeding or swollen gums
- Frequent urination
(none of which sound like a good alternative)
There are drug free ways to treat high blood pressure!
Many of these drug free solutions will require you to make a lifestyle change (not an easy thing to do). You can do such things as: lose weight, exercise more, quit smoking, reduce your sodium and caffeine intake, take steps to reduce your stress levels and limit your alcohol intake.
You can begin getting regular Chiropractic adjustments…something you may never have thought of. The Journal of Hypertension, in a 2007 study, was able to demonstrate how getting an adjustment to the vertebra at the base o the skull, called the Atlas vertebra (the C-1 vertebra which holds up your head), significantly decreased blood pressure.
Chiropractic adjustments realign the spinal bones, and as this happens, it removes congestion and pressure throughout the nervous system, helping the body to heal itself, which in turn helps stabilize your blood pressure.
There have been several studies on the effects of Chiropractic Care on High Blood Pressure, so if you are wondering what to do about your hypertension, these studies would be worth reading. You can find them at Chiro.org
Let’s talk about your high blood pressure and how Chiropractic Care can help you achieve optimal health.