Little Known Procedure Can Significantly Reduce High Blood Pressure—Naturally!
A recent study, published in the Journal of Human Hypertension, shows that a little known chiropractic procedure can reduce high blood pressure significantly in just 8 weeks. In the study, 50 patients with early-stage high blood pressure were divided into two groups, one who received a tailor made adjustment for each person, and the other group who underwent a sham procedure. Those who received the procedure had an average drop of 14 mm Hg drop in systolic blood pressure, and an average 8 mm Hg drop in diastolic blood pressure.
“We were shocked to find out that we got more than double what we expected in blood pressure reduction,” said Dr. George Bakris, director of the Hypertension Center at the University of Chicago Medical Center. “This procedure has the effect of not one, but two blood-pressure medications given in combination,”Dr. Bakris adds, “And it seems to be adverse-event free. We saw no side effects and no problems.”
If a patient was on medication, they were not allowed into the study.
The procedure used was developed by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA), and focuses on the misalignment of the first vertebra in the spine called the Atlas. Atlas in Greek mythology was the god who held the world on his shoulders. The Atlas bone is the tiny 2-4 ounce bone that holds the weight of the head on its shoulders (about 10 lbs). When the Atlas shifts or twist out of position, it can irritate the spinal cord, causing muscles to weaken and a twist in the spine with a leg going short and a hip high. This irritation can also affect signals to different organs and can play a role in other health problems such as high blood pressure.
Precise upper cervical x-rays are taken to measure the shift of the atlas vertebra. From these measurements an adjustment is tailor made to the individual. With NUCCA, the adjustment is a gentle to firm touch behind the ear (other upper cervical procedures use a light tap). Afterwards another set of x-rays are taken to measure the reduction of the misalignment.
In addition to high blood pressure, studies have shown upper cervical chiropractic care can help not only headaches, herniated discs, neck and back pain, but also seemingly unrelated problems such as Meniere’s disease, and trigeminal neuralgia.