Unfortunately, millions of people around the world suffer from high blood pressure. High blood pressure in itself is not a disease, but the symptom of a disease that is known as essential hypertension.
Essential hypertension is caused when blood pushes through the arteries during circulation and is represented by two numbers. The top number is called systolic, which represents the pressure that is experienced inside the arteries as the heart beats. The lower number,, known as diastolic, represents the pressure in the arteries between beats.
Diagnosis of High Blood Pressure and Hypertension
Ultimately, hypertension is dangerous as it can cause heart attack, stroke, heart failure or even kidney disease. The acceptable blood pressure levels should be 120/80 or lower. Therefore, anything between 120-139/80-89 is referred to as prehypertension levels while 140-159/90-99 represents stage 1 of hypertension. Furthermore, any numbers ranging from 160/100 is considered stage 2 of hypertension and levels starting at 180/110 or higher, is a crisis that requires emergency care.
Treatment of Hypertension
The goal of hypertension treatment is to lower high blood pressure so as to protect other vital organs like the heart, kidneys and brain. The treatment of hypertension may be multi-pronged to include medication, diet changes and even exercises. Consequently, high blood pressure medication is recommended to lower pressure to less than 150/90 for those who are older than 60.
What Effect Does Chiropractic Have on High Blood Pressure?
Chiropractic is a philosophy that is founded on the belief that the body should seek to gain proper balance naturally because all systems are designed to work together. It also believes that proper structure is important for proper functioning of the body. That is, when any part of the structure is impaired then functionality is affected adversely.
With this background, the big question then is can chiropractic lower blood pressure? Recent studies have shown that chiropractic can make a remarkable contribution in the diagnosis as well as treatment of high blood pressure through various techniques like manipulating the face, cranium and the total body.
So what effect does chiropractic adjustment have on regulation of blood pressure? According to a study that was conducted on patients with high blood pressure by the Hypertension Center at the University of Chicago, there is sufficient evidence that chiropractic adjustments can help lower blood pressure. The change in blood pressure that was noted was equivalent to two medications of blood pressure.
Chiropractic Adjustment and Lowered Blood Pressure
A study was conducted over eight weeks analyzing 25 patients who were in the in early stages of high blood pressure. The study concluded with all patients having a significant drop in their blood pressure. X-rays revealed that the actual readjustments resulted in the realignment of the Atlas vertebra with the spine. However, another 25 patients underwent placebo-treatment and did not have their Atlas vertebra aligned.
When compared, patients who received actual adjustment experienced an average of 14 mm Hg drop in their systolic blood pressure with their diastolic blood pressure averaging 8 mm Hg drop. Furthermore, these patients did not take any blood pressure medication during the period of study. Based on the findings of the study, it is evident that chiropractic offers high blood pressure patients relief that they would otherwise receive from a combination of at least two medications. What’s more? The procedure does not have any related complications or side effects.