Blood Pressure & The Spine
Heartbeat of Health
How does the heart know what to do? It beats on average 100,000 times per day and 35 million times per year and 2.5 billion times in a lifetime. Remarkable isn’t it! After all, it is just a muscle. But the nervous system is continually telling it what to do – beat, beat, beat…faster, now slower.
While the heart might be pumping blood throughout your body, the nervous system is making sure its constant cadence continues. The nervous system isn’t just controlling your heart, but everything else as well. Your lungs, digestive function, skin – EVERYTHING is managed and regulated by your brain and nervous system.
The impact of high blood pressure medications on the U.S. is growing. The Centers for Disease Control reports that more people are resorting to Rx meds to fight high blood pressure than ever before instead of making lifestyle modifications or changes. 74% of people diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure or HBP) are taking prescription medication now vs. 60% ten years ago. Despite the increased consumption of medications, the morbidity and mortality of the disease has not changed. “Lifestyle changes are still the best way to fight HBP,” says Dr. Nanette Wenger, a representative for the CDC.
Atlas Adjustment Impacts Blood Pressure
Does a subluxated atlas, the first bone in the spine, impact blood pressure? According to the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research (Aug 2014, pp. 54-60) it does. Twenty participants with arterial high blood pressure and subluxated atlases were randomly placed into two groups; therapeutic and control. The therapeutic group received an upper cervical atlas adjustment and the control group received a sham adjustment. The therapeutic group demonstrated a significant lowering in their systolic and diastolic values after a six-week trial with diastolic readings reaching significant values at four weeks. The control group demonstrated no significant differences in either systolic or diastolic values.
This study further demonstrates the connection between the upper cervical region and arterial blood pressure. While the exact mechanism remains unknown, it is very important that the atlas, or any vertebrae, not be subluxated so that you maintain proper nerve function in the body.
The power that made the body, heals the body