Recent research reported in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research on a woman suffering with high blood pressure, reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in managing people with such issues. The literature included supports the role of chiropractic in those suffering from this health challenge and calls for more research in this area.
Research has shown not only that the developing brain relies on normal spinal structural integrity, balance and joint movement, but that complex neurochemical communication and pathways involved in helping people adapt to their environment are tied into spinal biomechanics and their related neurological pathways.
“It makes perfect sense when you think about it” stated Dr. McCoy. “The brain constantly needs and wants to know where our body is in space and what is going on relative to all functions of the body. If there is obstruction to the neurological communication between the spine and the brain all sorts of malfunctions can occur and this can lead to symptoms such as blood pressure disorders.”
“There are very important functional relationships between the spine and the brain that if disturbed can result in a host of problems with how the body functions” remarked McCoy. He added “If there is abnormal position or movement of the spinal vertebra this can lead to nerve obstruction. It is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxation, that chiropractors correct.”
The patient reported on in the study was a 52-year-old female with high blood pressure. She was a personal trainer active in yoga and spin classes. Due to her blood pressure, her medical doctor prescribed medication to manage it. She declined the medical advice and sought chiropractic care.
The chiropractor examined her and found structural shifts in her neck and midback. She had decreased range of motion, tenderness, and muscle spasms. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.
Following chiropractic care, her blood pressure improved dramatically by 20 points on the second visit. By her ninth visit, she was no longer hypertensive.
The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic care of those with elevated blood pressure.
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