Study Finds that Chiropractic Adjustment Lowers Blood Pressure!
Chiropractic Adjustments have been shown to be effective in reducing high blood pressure without medication. Some people see this change immediately, for others, it gradually changes as the shape of their spine changes with their care!
“This procedure has the effect of not one, but two blood-pressure medications given in combination, “ study leader George Bakris, MD.” And it seems to be adverse-event
free. We saw
no side effects and no problems,” adds Bakris, director of the University of Chicago Hypertension Center.
Eight weeks after undergoing the procedure, 25 patients with early-stage high blood pressure had significantly lower blood pressure than 25 similar patients who underwent a sham chiropractic adjustment. X-rays showed that the procedure realigned the Atlas vertebra – the vertebra at the very top of the spine.
Compared to the placebo, those who got adjusted saw an average I 4 point greater drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure count), and an average 8 point drop in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom blood pressure number). None of the patient s took blood pressure medicine during the eight week study.
“When the statistician brought me the data, I actually didn’t believe it. It was way too good to be true,” Bakris says. “The statistician said, ‘I don’t even believe it’ but we checked for everything, and there it was.” Bakris and colleagues published their findings in the Journal of Human Hypertension.
Marshall Dickholtz Sr. DC, of the Chiropractic Health Center, in Chicago, is the 84-year-old chiropractor who performed all the procedures in the study. He calls the Atlas vertebra “the fuse box to the body. “