How Chiropractics May Effectively Lower Blood Pressure

Medical healthcare professionals are finding that there has been a steady upward trend in the amount of patients they see who either already have, or end up developing high blood pressure. For many others who do not yet have high blood pressure, the risk of developing this condition is still pretty strong; all you need to do is take into consideration the Western diet (primarily full of fat, salt, and sugar) and the fact that we are becoming more and more sedentary, in order to see how dangerous this lifestyle is to our health.

High blood pressure is often an early warning sign for many more serious health ailments, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. This is why it is so important to keep your blood pressure levels at a healthy and stable rate, preferably by using natural treatment methods so as to avoid any potential complications or side effects that medication can bring.

One of the safest and most effective, not to mention completely natural, treatments available to us is chiropractic. According to an article posted by Web MD, chiropractors can use specific techniques in order to make significant positive changes to patients with high blood pressure by lowering their blood pressure.Scientific studies have been able to successfully conclude that chiropractic is very safe, risk-adverse, and potentially even more effective than two of the leading blood pressure medications combined.

You may be wondering how exactly a chiropractor can achieve such significant results using only manual manipulation techniques and adjustment methods. During any chiropractic session, a doctor of chiropractic will look carefully for any misalignments, also known as subluxations, along the spinal column. These subluxations can happen over time due to natural wear and tear, or they can be caused by injuries, illnesses, accidents, or falls. Once the doctor of chiropractic comes across a subluxation in the spinal column, he or she will apply direct force onto the area in order to coax the spine back into its natural position.

When it comes to patients with high blood pressure, there was one specific area of the spine in particular that, once adjusted, seemed to correlate with lower blood pressure levels in the body. At the very top of the spine there is a round, doughnut-shaped bone called the Atlas vertebra. When this was adjusted properly, patients experienced significantly lower levels of blood pressure. When you combine chiropractic care with a healthy diet and regular exercise, you can successfully regulate your blood pressure levels. 

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