High blood pressure puts a person at risk of stroke, heart disease, kidney failure and more. Many individuals who have been diagnosed with this common condition turn to medications to help bring their hypertension under control. However, there is another option available to people that many aren’t aware of.
A visit to the chiropractor for an Atlas adjustment may be all that is needed to bring blood pressure down, although this treatment is best for those who have been diagnosed with early stage high-blood pressure. This does not mean that all individuals suffering from this condition won’t be helped by chiropractic care though, so this is one treatment method that should never be overlooked.
The Purpose of Chiropractic Care
Chiropractors work to restore the proper balance among the various body systems to ensure they work together as intended. Furthermore, a chiropractor recognizes that for the body to function properly, all structures must be in optimal condition. In the event one or more structures of the body have been negatively affected by an injury or stress, these structures cannot fulfill their purpose. The chiropractor makes adjustments to ensure the proper balance is maintained and all structures work as nature intended.
Chiropractic Care and High Blood Pressure
The University of Chicago Hypertension Center conducted a study and found that patients who visited a chiropractor were able to significantly lower their blood pressure. The amount by which their blood pressure decreased was the equivalent to the benefits they would have received by taking two medications intended to do the same. This reduction was accomplished by realigning the bone located at the top of the spine, known as the Atlas vertebra. For patients who received this adjustment, the systolic blood pressure decreased by an average of 14 mm Hg and the diastolic blood pressure dropped by an average of 8 mm Hg. No medications were taken during the period in which the study was conducted. Furthermore, the patients who received the Atlas adjustment reported no side effects with the treatment.
The Atlas Adjustment
The C-1 vertebra is the one addressed in this procedure, and it is more commonly referred to as the Atlas vertebra. The reason for this is the C-1 vertebra is responsible for supporting the head, in much the same way as the world is supported by Atlas in Greek mythology. When this vertebra isn’t properly aligned by even the slightest bit, the brainstem could be put under abnormal pressure. This may be due to an injury or trauma sustained at some point in the person’s life, but it is believed that blood flow in the arteries near the brainstem is impaired, and the adjustment helps to restore normal blood flow.
Anyone suffering from high blood pressure should consider a visit to a chiropractor to receive this adjustment. Although some individuals will find they still need to take medication to bring their hypertension under control, less will likely be needed to achieve this goal once the adjustment has been made. Speak to your doctor today to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure. The vast majority of individuals will find they are.