Chiropractic Management of Hypertension

image0011There is a subpopulation of hypertensive (high blood pressure) patients that have ‘neurogenic hypertension’. Neurogenic hypertension is caused by nerve irritation due to dysfunction and mal-position of the upper cervical vertebrae.

A study from the Rush University Hypertension Centre in Chicago reported changes in the     anatomical position of the atlas vertebra (the top vertebrae in the neck) can result in changes in the circulation of the vertebral artery, relative ischemia of the brainstem and increased blood pressure. Adjustments to correct the position and the function of the vertebra can significantly lower blood pressure in patients with Stage-1 hypertension.

The chiropractic technique studied was shown to be as effective as not one but two blood pressure medications given in combination. There were no adverse events no side effects and no problems.

Those involved in the study saw an average 14 mm Hg drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number) and an average 8 mm Hg drop in diastolic blood pressure ( the bottom number) in comparison to the control group.