In an article dated March 16, 2007, high blood pressure can be significantly decreased by a neck adjustment according to a control study.
Chiropractic treatment to the neck had the same effect as taking two medications for high blood pressure.
George Bakris, MD, tells WebMD. “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.
There were two groups in this control study. One that were given real chiropractic treatment to the neck and others with what they referred to as a “sham” adjustment (not a chiropractic treatment). 8 weeks after the chiropractic treatments to the neck, 25 patients who had early signs of high blood pressure produces much lower blood pressure. The other 25 “sham” patients did not.
X-rays were taken and showed that the first bone in the neck called the Atlas was realigned with the real chiropractic treatment but not in the “sham” group of patients.
Sham v. real chiropractic treated subjects:
Real: Saw an average of a 14mm Hg greater drop in systolic blood pressure and an average of 8 mm Hg greater drop in diastolic blood pressure.
Sham: no drop in blood pressure
In the article it was stated that “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.”
Why adjust the Atlas?
This bone holds up the head and is aligned with the brain stem.
“At the base of the brain are two centers that control all the muscles of the body. If you pinch the base of the brain — if the Atlas gets locked in a position as little as a half a millimeter out of line — it doesn’t cause any pain but it upsets these centers,” Dickholtz tells WebMD.
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