Dr Glenn Frederickson from Shrewsbury Family Chiropractic discusses World Health Day - addressing high blood pressure...
The theme of World Health Day on 7th April 2013 is high blood pressure, also known as raised blood pressure or hypertension. Do you know what the symptoms are? Usually there aren’t any – that why it is often referred to as the ‘silent killer’.
Many people only discover they have high blood pressure through some catastrophic life threatening, and often fatal event, such as a stroke or heart attack.
Reduce the risks
High blood pressure is preventable, and can be countered by reducing the amount of processed/packaged food intake and eating a balanced diet, avoiding alcohol, tobacco as well as taking regular physical activity.
When people generally think of visiting a chiropractor, it’s usually to seek relief for back pain or neck pain. Chiropractic does more than just treat pain; by adjusting the spine and improving the way the brain communicates with the body, this can improve the functioning of the nervous system.
A number of scientific studies have demonstrated that chiropractic adjustments lower blood pressure: In 2007 at the University of Chicago Hypertension Centre medical doctors and chiropractors conducted a study1 of a group of patients with high blood pressure. The patients were split up into two groups with the first group of adults receiving a course of chiropractic adjustments to their neck. The second group was given a fake/sham (placebo) chiropractic adjustment. 8 weeks after undergoing the procedure the 25 patients who had received the chiropractic adjustment had significantly lower blood pressure than the 25 similar patients who had received the sham adjustment with no side effects.
The study tracked the effectiveness of adjustment to the Atlas Vertebra, also known as C-1. The Atlas vertebra is the uppermost vertebra in the body and holds the head up.
So what does a chiropractic adjustment have to do with blood pressure?
The researchers hypothesize that mis-alignment of the Atlas vertebra can affect blood flow to the arteries in the base of the skull. If the vertebra is out of alignment and pinches nearby nerves, many patients many never experience pain, but they may experience the effects of misalignment in other ways such as higher blood pressure. By correcting misalignments through Chiropractic adjustments this can improve nerve function and combined with lifestyle changes such as exercise2 and diet this can lower and improve blood pressure without the need for medication.
Chiropractors are strongly committed to be at the forefront of Natural Health Care in the UK. Dr Glenn Fredericksen from Shrewsbury Family Chiropractic is Shrewsbury’s local UCA Chiropractor.
For further information and advice on high blood pressure or Chiropractic adjustments, contact Glenn on 01743 493091 or use the link above.
By Catherine Roche
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