With the side effects of many medications wreaking havoc on patients’ lives, many individuals are turning to more holistic approaches to wellness. High blood pressure is a common concern affecting many people. Untreated high blood pressure can lead to health risks such aneurysms and heart attacks, but many medications can potentially serious health risks, as well. Some have turned to chiropractic care as a way of countering high blood pressure, as studies are finding that it can be effective.

Study Shows Decrease in Blood Pressure

A study published in the Journal of Human Hypertension showed that patients that received a special chiropractic adjustment actually saw a drop in blood pressure eight weeks after the procedure was done. The study was done with 50 participants that had early stage high blood pressure, and only half of them received the actual treatment, though they all received an alignment of some kind. Those that received the special adjustment saw significant decreases in blood pressure, some were even able to stop taking medications.

Special Chiropractic Adjustment of the Atlas Vertebra

The special chiropractic adjustment that has been associated with a decrease in blood pressure is done to align the vertebrae at the very top of the spine, which holds up the head. Also called the Atlas vertebra, this bone can affect the blood flow through the body. If it is misaligned, it can cause the arteries at the base of the brain to constrict. This can cause an increase in blood pressure.

When Chiropractic Adjustment Helps Blood Pressure

The special adjustment of the atlas vertebra, or chiropractic adjustments in general, may not help everyone that has high blood pressure see a decrease. There are many factors that can cause high blood pressure. If high blood pressure is unrelated to a misalignment, there may not be any significant decrease. However, a misalignment of the Atlas vertebra is common and often does not cause pain. It is possible that this issue may lie undetected at the root of your high blood pressure.

Is an Adjustment Right for You?

Chiropractic adjustments are beneficial in many ways and do not have side effects, so it may be worthwhile to get an adjustment to see if it helps you. Be sure to tell your chiropractor about your high blood pressure and request the special adjustment to the Atlas vertebra. Check to see if your blood pressure is lower after your adjustment. Work closely with your doctor to see if chiropractic care helps to lower your blood pressure naturally.