A recent study conducted by University of Chicago’s Hypertension Center found an interesting connection between chiropractic care and blood pressure.
Lead researcher Marshall Dickholtz Sr., DC found fifty people with early-stage high blood pressure. They all received chiropractic attention but twenty-five received Atlas Vertibrae realignment and twenty-five did not.
The procedures were all performed by Dickholtz himself, who claims that it is such a delicate realignment that clients were unable to tell whether they were in the trial or control groups. During the eight week trial, none of the fifty took any supplemental blood pressure medications, to reduce factors within the experiment.
Only one alignment was administered per person, yet the effects were staggering. On average, the trial group was recorded to have “14 mm Hg greater drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure count), and an average 8 mm Hg greater drop in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom blood pressure number).”
For us lay people out there, that’s the same benefit that someone could expect if they were taking two blood pressure medications at the same time.
This realignment procedure is practiced by only a select few chiropractors who have been certified in NUCCA, or National Upper Cervical Chiropractic techniques, which is presumably why Dickholtz had to perform it himself.
The Atlas vertebrae can be found at the top most part of the spine where it connects to the skull. A few studies suggested that misalignment of this crowning bone can affect blood flow in arteries at the base of the skull.
Dickholtz’s theory is that that this misalignment might send signals to arteries asking them to contract which would elevate overall blood pressure. He equates the Atlas to a switchboard that one can reset to undo damage.
He also posits that previous injury to this bone makes one more prone to this ailment. While this study cannot conclude that NUCCA procedures fix this problem entirely, hypertension sufferers all curiously await further news.
If you have high-blood pressure, you might get some relief through chiropractic care. Please note, chiropractic adjustments should not replace other medical care, but it can work in concert with other treatments and therapies. Please call 770-496- 0326 to schedule a consultation.