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Study Shows Reduction in Blood Pressure with Chiropractic Care

According to the American Heart Association, over 348,000 American deaths in 2009 were attributed to high blood pressure: “Hypertension and related cardiovascular diseases continue to be a leading cause of death in the United States effecting approximately 77.9 million adults.”

A study* was recently performed to determine the effect of chiropractic adjustments on high blood pressure. This research, coupled with numerous prior studies, shows that people with high blood pressure who received chiropractic care did experience a reduction in their blood pressure. Those with low blood pressure also were found to have their blood pressure return to normal after chiropractic care.

In this most recent study, twenty people were divided into a control group and a test group. The control group received simulated adjustments with instruments which sounded as if they were moving the vertebrae but did not actually make any spinal changes. The second group was given real adjustments using the same type of instruments. The correction of the atlas (top vertebra) subluxations was the specific adjustment made.

The study concluded that those who received the actual adjustments did see a significant lowering of both their diastolic and systolic readings, and these results lasted for approximately one month. According to the author of the study, “the results of this study would suggest there would be a significant benefit in evaluating for and correcting any Atlas subluxation or malposition found in patients that suffer from ABP, (arterial blood pressure).”

*published on August 11, 2014, in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research
*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.

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