Chiropractic Adjustments May Lower Your Blood Pressure

We all know that having high blood pressure (BP) can lead to heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure and other health problems and even death. The scary part about having high BP is that you can have it and not know it because there are no symptoms or signs to look for. About one in three adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure and one in five of them do not even know they have high BP.

You ask what causes the increase pressure in my circulatory system. Well, it can be hereditary, being overweight, not exercising, not eating healthy foods, too much salt, alcohol and/or caffeine, smoking and stress.

High blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. Over time, high BP can damage the body in many ways. Normal blood pressure is considered to be less than 120 the top number (systolic) over 80 the bottom number (diastolic).

George Bakris, M.D. a study leader did an eight-week study of 50 patients with early-stage high blood pressure. None of the 50 patients took any medicine for hypertension. Twenty-five of the patients had a special chiropractic adjustment while the other 25 patients had a different chiropractic adjustment. It was found that the 25 patients that had the special chiropractic adjustment had significantly lower BP. Dr. Bakris stated that this specific adjustment had the effect of two different blood pressure medications. He also stated that the patients experienced no side effects or problems from the special adjustment.

The Atlas (called this because it holds up the head) vertebrae known as the C1 vertebrae, which is the bone at the very top of the spine, was the one that was realigned on the 25 patients that had the special chiropractic adjustment. The study showed a drop in systolic pressure of about 14 mm Hg and on average 8 mm Hg drop in the diastolic pressure. Dr. Marshall Dickholtz, Sr., D.C. was the chiropractor that performed all of the adjustments during the study. He considers the C1 vertebrae as the "fuse box" to the body. He mentioned that there are two centers at the base of the brain that control all the muscles in the body, if you pinch the base of the brain and the C1 gets locked in a position as little as a half a millimeter out of alignment, it upsets the centers, but doesn't cause pain.

Don't take a chance, get your blood pressure checked today. Many pharmacies have BP machines that you can use for free. Also, take time today to have your spine checked by a chiropractor and prevent damaging your health.

What Is White Coat Hypertension?

Hypertension is defined as "abnormally high blood pressure" and it can have serious repercussions. We doctors traditionally wear white lab coats. Put those two pieces of information together, and you can probably figure out what white coat hypertension is. It is also referred to as white coat syndrome. It simply means that some people get a little nervous in a hospital or health care provider setting.

This can lead to higher than normal blood pressure levels. They become anxious and excited in the presence of a doctor, nurse or caregiver at a hospital or doctor's office. This excitement gets their heart beating faster. That means their heart rate goes up, which in turn raises their blood pressure. This is similar to the anxiety many people experience when they think about their next trip to the dentist.

Is White Coat Hypertension a Serious Problem?

Anytime your heart beats at an abnormal level and your blood pressure is high, that's not a good thing. When you think about it, it makes absolute sense. Your mind fills with thoughts of the horrible conditions your doctor is going to discover, so your blood pressure spikes. The doctor checks, and sure enough... you have high blood pressure. What the doctor doesn't know is whether this is an accurate reading in your case.

It may seem that this artificially heightened reading is not a real problem. We used to think it wasn't. However, in recent years we have begun to notice a direct correlation between white coat hypertension and the development of chronic hypertension over time. Even short-term, occasional or temporary increases in your blood pressure can sometimes develop into a serious problem in the future with negative effects on your body and brain.

What To Do If Doctors and Hospitals Make You Nervous

If the idea of going to the hospital gets you excited, or you are anxious and nervous when you see your doctor, you have to share that information. The more you tell your doctor or caregiver about what is going on in your mind and body, the better treatment he or she can deliver.

So make sure you inform your doctor if you believe your high blood pressure readings are related to the mental stress of being in a clinical or medical setting. This could very well keep your physician from prescribing some medication or course of action that you may not need, saving your body, mind and bank account unnecessary problems.
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