Chiropractic & Hypertension

As we age, our risk for hypertension rises. By age 75, about 41 percent of men and 54 percent of women have high blood pressure.

That is why prevention is so very important. Along with several lifestyle changes, chiropractic care has been scientifically proven to help control blood pressure. The nervous system controls all body systems, including the cardiovascular system. Keeping a healthy nervous system will only allow the body the chance to regulate itself as it is designed to. Below are only 2 of many studies done that show the relationship between chiropractic and blood pressure.


Study One

Clinical Features: A 38 year-old male presented for chiropractic care with complaints of hypertension, drug-related side effects and lower back pain. He was also receiving concurrent medical care for his hypertension.

Intervention & Correction: The patient received specific spinal adjustments as primary mode of care. During the course of chiropractic treatment, the patient’s need for hypertensive meds was reduced. The patient’s physician gradually withdrew the medication over 2 months.

Conclusion: Specific adjustments cause a hypotensive effect in a medicated hypertensive patient that may lead to complications (e.g., hypotension). Since Chiropractic adjustments are proven to lower blood pressure, it is vital that patients that are on existing medication for hypertension be monitored so that there blood pressure does not drop below normal.

Plaugher G. Bachman TR. Chiropractic Management of a Hypertensive Patient. Ther 16 (8):544-549


Study Two

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the reliability of clinical blood pressure readings and to begin a series of experiments to determine if chiropractic adjustments cause any changes in blood pressure. Seventy-five students undergoing routine chiropractic health care at the Parker College of Chiropractic Clinic volunteered to participate in the blood pressure management protocol in one 10-minute visit. These subjects were placed into 2 groups, based on the clinical findings from their chiropractic examinations. One group, the Experimental group was formed on the basis that they had spinal subluxations in the cervical spine and also were adjusted specifically for them. The Control group was similar but lacked manipuable cervical subluxations on that particular day and was not adjusted. Clinical and experimental procedures were carried out identically on each group. Subjects were examined by standard Gonstead palpatory methods after 5 min of quiet sitting. Blood pressure was recorded by right arm cuff sphygmomanometer by an experienced chiropractor before and after either the adjustment or the control procedure, which was simply motion palpation. The doctors measuring blood pressures did not know to which group each subject had been assigned. Both systolic and diastolic blood pressures were statistically significantly lowered in the Experimental Group but not the Control Group. The findings of this study provide evidence of the effects of spinal adjustments in the treatment of hypertension.


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