Chiropractic Can Reduce High Blood Pressure

by Administrator 6. May 2013 08:42

High blood pressure is one of the most common health conditions affecting Americans today, and the shocking part is that one in three affected are not even aware that they suffer from it. The worst effect of high blood pressure is on the cardiovascular system, it being one of the leading causes of heart disease. The most common cause of high blood pressure is the constriction of the arteries supplying blood to the heart muscles, due to the buildup of plaque in their walls. This results in a reduced supply of oxygen and other vital nutrients to the organs of the body, due to which the heart is forced to pump blood forcefully through the vascular system, resulting in high blood pressure or hypertension.

While commonly prescribed allopathic drugs like Beta-Blockers, ACE inhibitors, diuretics, vasodilators, etc. are effective in immediately bringing down high blood pressure, they do not address the problem at its roots, which is why they have to be administered for prolonged periods. The chiropractic approach to the treatment of high blood pressure is a holistic and drug-free, where the aim is to eliminate the disorder from its roots, instead of merely focusing on masking the symptoms. The Killeen chiropractic center has documented several cases of patients in whom there was a significant and long-term reduction in blood pressure through chiropractic treatment.

The first thing that is encouraged in this form of treatment is a complete lifestyle modification, in which the patient must go on a low-sugar, low-fat diet and maintain a peaceful state of mind. Patients are advised to engage in activities like yoga, meditation, dancing, walking, etc., so as to encourage stress-free living. The chiropractic treatment itself, which can be obtained at various centers across Killeen, involves the manipulation of the spine using a specific technique. This treatment is completely pain-free.

The chiropractor adjusts the Atlas vertebra (C-1 vertebra), which is an arc-shaped bone at the top of the spine. Described as the “fuse-box” of the body, the Atlas lies close to two centers of the brain that are responsible for regulating the muscular system of the body. When these centers get slightly pinched by the Atlas, it has various negative effects on the body, including high blood pressure. Chiropractic adjustment of this vertebra results in a significant drop in blood pressure, with an average of 15mm Hg. This is equivalent to the effect of two blood pressure medications administered together.

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