How can my Chiropractor can lower my blood pressure?

You go to the doctor for a check up and he goes through the usual routine: he checks your ears, throat, eyes, and blood pressure. You’re used to it because this happens each visit. But wait! Something’s different – he says you have high blood pressure. You’ve heard of it, but what does it really mean? How can it be treated? We’ve got some answers for you.

What are the different blood pressure levels?

According to theAmerican Heart Association (AHA), blood pressure is typically recorded as two numbers: Systolic (higher) over Diastolic (lower).

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“The higher number measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats (when the heart muscle contracts) and the lower number measures the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats (when the heart muscle is resting between beats and refilling with blood).”

Taken from the AHA, this table shows what your blood pressure level could mean:

Blood Pressure Category Systolic Diastolic
Normal Less than 120 and less than 80
Prehypertension 120-139 or 80-89
High Blood Pressure: Stage 1 140-159 or 90-99
High Blood Pressure: Stage 2 160 or higher or 100 or higher
Hypertensive Crisis* Higher than 180 or Higher than 110
*Emergency care needed

 

Are there any symptoms of high blood pressure?

For the most part, high blood pressure has no symptoms, which is why it is important to see your physician for routine check ups.

What causes high blood pressure?

Unhealthy lifestyle habits such as:

  • High sodium intake
  • Drinking excessive alcohol
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Obesity
  • Medical conditions such as kidney disease, sleep apnea, thyroid problems

Will a certain kind of diet help me?

Potassium, magnesium and fiber can help to control blood pressure. Fruits and vegetables are high potassium, magnesium and fiber and low in sodium (salt), which should be avoided if you have high blood pressure.

The DASH (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) Diet can help to lower or control high blood pressure. It emphasizes foods that are lower in sodium and rich in nutrients that will help lower blood pressure. For an example diet, clickhere.

How can I treat high blood pressure?

The goal of treatment is to lower blood pressure and protect important organs like the brain, heart and kidneys from damage.

Your chiropractor can easily assist you in lowering your blood pressure through the Atlas Adjustment Method. According toWebMD, this method has the effect of two different high blood pressure medications.

The Atlas procedure adjusts the C-1 vertebra, which holds up the head. Your chiropractor will use his hands to adjust the C-1 vertebra alignment, if needed.

You might be asking: what does my spine have to do with my blood pressure? To put it simply, research suggests “that injury to the Atlas vertebra can affect blood flow in the arteries at the base of the skull”.

When the Atlas vertebra is misaligned as little as a half a millimeter, it can create abnormal pressure on the brainstem, which has many important functions including control of our cardiovascular system.

Adjustments are minor movements of vertebrae in the spine. The objective of an adjustment is to realign vertebrae that have been moved out of place. An adjustment is a quick movement, often without discomfort. When the body is aligned, it is able to perform exactly how it is supposed to. To learn more about our methods of adjustment, please see our Adjustments & Manipulation page.

We want to help you take care of your health, so please call our office today! Your blood pressure can be back to normal in no time.