Chiropractic Care Lowers Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a very serious condition. With high blood pressure comes many health risks, such as heart disease or an increased likelihood of stroke. These two health concerns are among the top five causes of death in the United States, making high blood pressure something that needs to be dealt with. This common problem affects around 75 million people across the nation, or 1 in every 3 people in the US. To make matters worse, over 400,000 deaths per year are linked to high blood pressure and the inability to control this health issue. Doctors don’t always know exactly what causes high blood pressure, but studies have shown that chiropractic care is a natural and safe solution to lower blood pressure and decrease related health risks. For those who suffer from high blood pressure, or hypertension, a Duluth chiropractor may be a helpful solution.
What Does My Spine Have To Do With Hypertension?
Studies have shown that the atlas bone, or top vertebra of the spine, is directly linked to blood pressure. The atlas is at the base of the brain and is responsible for the function of the cardiovascular system. According to research, the atlas vertebra can affect the blood flow around the base of the brain and the blood flow to the arteries. Misalignments of the spine, particularly in the atlas bone, can cause arteries to contract, leading to higher blood pressure from blood pushing forcefully against artery walls. Proper alignment of the spine, including the atlas bone, is imperative to maintaining a healthy blood pressure. To correct spinal misalignments, Duluth chiropractor Dr. Esther Widjaja performs gentle chiropractic adjustments on problem areas of the spine. This removes nerve interference so the body, including the blood flow throughout the arteries, can function as it should.
Chiropractic Care vs. Medicine
Medication is sometimes a necessary method to manage hypertension. The biggest problem with medication is that it may or may not work. When medicine does work, it is still costly and sometimes causes unwanted side effects. Additionally, the odds of medication completely resolving high blood pressure issues are low. Because of this, many are now turning to other, more effective methods to lower blood pressure, including chiropractic care. Regular visits to Duluth chiropractor Dr. Widjaja are safe and natural and don’t come with the risks of side effects. Chiropractic care is a great option to consider for managing high blood pressure.
Case Studies Prove the Effectiveness of Chiropractic in Blood Pressure Regulation
There is real hope for those who suffer from high blood pressure thanks to chiropractors. Chiropractic case studies have shown that chiropractic is highly successful in managing hypertension. One particular case study was conducted at the University of Chicago in 2007. It focused on a clinical trial that followed 50 people with high blood pressure for 8 weeks. Some received chiropractic care, some sham adjustments, and others, placebo adjustments. On average, those who received regular chiropractic adjustments saw a drop in their blood pressure of around 17 points! This is equivalent to taking two blood pressure medications! With results like that, it is definitely worth looking into chiropractic care for hypertension.
If you or someone you love suffers from high blood pressure, contact Duluth chiropractor Dr. Esther Widjaja of Phoenix Chiropractic and experience the benefits of chiropractic care without any unwanted side effects. Dr. Widjaja is located in Peachtree Corners, but also serves individuals in Duluth, Dunwoody, Chamblee, Johns Creek, Norcross, and Lilburn.
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