Chiropractic Cuts Blood Pressure

March 17, 2010

Study Finds Special ‘Atlas Adjustment’ Lowers Blood Pressure


Before you read the article that was on WebMD, let me preface you with a few facts. You can watch this report on youtube. It was on ABC news nationally. Your first question after reading this will be “do I do an Atlas adjustment?” The answer is yes! The reason this study used the specific type of Atlas adjustment they did is because they needed a technique that made no noise so that the people that got the “fake” adjustment wouldn’t know they were in the control group. I use a different technique that does make noise but accomplishes the same thing. Restoring balance to the nervous system so you can be healthier. And please keep in mind as you read this- this study was done by a MEDICAL doctor. Not a Chiropractor. They are doing our research for us J

By Daniel J. DeNoon
WebMD Health News

Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

March 16, 2007 — A special chiropractic adjustment can significantly lower high blood pressure, a placebo-controlled study suggests.

“This procedure has the effect of not one, but two blood-pressure medications given in combination,” study leader 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.

Eight weeks after undergoing the procedure, 25 patients with early-stage high blood pressure had significantly lower blood pressure than 25 similar patients who underwent a sham chiropractic adjustment. Because patients can’t feel the technique, they were unable to tell which group they were in.

X-rays showed that the procedure realigned the Atlas vertebra — the doughnut-like bone at the very top of the spine — with the spine in the treated patients, but not in the sham-treated patients.

Compared to the sham-treated patients, those who got the real procedure saw an average 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).

None of the patients took blood pressure medicine during the eight-week study.

“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.”

Bakris and colleagues report their findings in the advance online issue of the Journal of Human Hypertension.

Atlas Adjustment and Hypertension

The procedure calls for adjustment of the C-1 vertebra. It’s called the Atlas vertebra because it holds up the head, just as the titan Atlas holds up the world in Greek mythology.

Marshall Dickholtz Sr., DC, of the Chiropractic Health Center, in Chicago, is the 84-year-old chiropractor who performed all the procedures in the study. He calls the Atlas vertebra “the fuse box to the body.”

“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.

you can read the rest of the study on webmd or find it on youtube. Now for the big question. So is Chiropractic a cure for HBP. Absolutley not! So what is Chiropractic for? Your ENTIRE body will function better if there is no interference in the Nervous system. Not for the sole purpose of you will “feel better” or your “headaches will go away”. They might! You will live a healthier, more optimal life. Period!


One Response to “Chiropractic Cuts Blood Pressure”

  1. tripplex5663 Says:

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