High blood pressure, also referred to as hypertension, is a common health problem and a leading cause of heart disease. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), 80 million U.S. adults have been diagnosed with this chronic condition that has no cure, but can only be controlled.
Hypertension is also sometimes called a silent killer because it doesn’t typically show any initial symptoms until it reaches the stage of stroke or heart attack. If you have hypertension, make sure to seek appropriate care immediately to ward off any serious consequences.
Upper cervical chiropractic provides the most effective means to manage high blood pressure, without any potential side effects or other health problems.
High Blood pressure is a condition in which the force of blood flowing against your artery walls is consistently too high. Some of its risk factors include age, family history, physical inactivity, use of tobacco, stress, too much alcohol consumption, certain chronic conditions, such as kidney disease, and being overweight or obese.
What makes hypertension so dangerous is that it exhibits no symptoms, even in its advanced stage. Some people may experience occasional headaches, nosebleeds, or breathing problems, but these signs do not clearly indicate the onset of hypertension. Most often, the problem goes completely unnoticed until it has reached a critical or life-threatening stage. You'll likely come to know about your high blood pressure during a routine doctor's appointment.
The blood pressure is measured in mmHg, or millimeters of mercury. Systolic pressure, which is the top number on a blood pressure reading, measures the pressure exerted by blood on the artery walls as the heart contracts. Diastolic pressure, which is the bottom number, indicates the pressure when the heart is resting between beats. High blood pressure refers to the blood pressure above 140/90. The condition is considered severe or critical if the pressure is above 180/120.
If hypertension is left uncontrolled, it can cause great damage to your artery walls and lead to hypertensive crisis. Some of the health complications associated with hypertension include stroke, heart attack, heart failure, aneurysm, vision loss, diabetes, memory problems, and dementia.
High blood pressure can only be controlled, not cured. This can be done by making certain lifestyle changes, for example, eating healthy foods less in salt, being physically active, maintaining a healthy body weight, or limiting the amount of alcohol consumption.
While certain medications, such as diuretics, enzyme inhibitors, receptor blockers, calcium channel blockers are also used to control hypertension, they are not always effective. Moreover, these medicines are often combined and tested until patients show an improvement in their blood pressure.
Why rely on costly medications loaded with side effects when you have a more viable and safer alternative treatment for managing high blood pressure!
The answer is yes! Upper cervical chiropractic adjustments can be a simple solution to your hypertension problem. New research suggests that a single chiropractic adjustment of the upper neck region may help lower blood pressure significantly.
Upper cervical chiropractor uses a non-invasive, alternative treatment methodology that involves realigning the top two bones of the spine - Atlas and Axis. The atlas is the neck vertebrae just under the head which surrounds and protects the brain stem. This is the part of the brain responsible for all of the electrical impulses that enable various body functions. If there is a misalignment (called subluxation) due to an injury or trauma, it can put undue pressure on the brain stem impacting the normal functioning of the body, including blood pressure.
The goal of this alternative treatment is to put these displaced bones back into place through adjustments and manipulations which help stimulate reflexes of the nervous system. As a result, your body begins to heal itself, restoring normal blood pressure.
After an initial assessment of your health and spine, your chiropractor will use gentle pressure to correct any upper cervical misalignments you may have. The precise adjustment may be done using hands or state-of-the-art equipment. The ultimate goal is to realign the head and neck, allowing the brain to properly communicate with the body. Some people report feeling good immediately after the session. However, the real positive changes to your health will occur over time. Once you have had the first correction, your chiropractor will let you know if any follow-up adjustment is needed.
High blood pressure is of two types: Primary and Secondary. Upper cervical chiropractic care has proved to be effective for both.
Primary, or essential, hypertension has no identifiable cause. It tends to develop gradually over many years.
Secondary hypertension is caused by an underlying condition. Unlike primary hypertension, secondary hypertension tends to appear suddenly and cause a spike in blood pressure.
The risk factors of secondary hypertension, include:
If you are dealing with high blood pressure, we encourage you to give upper cervical chiropractic care a try. You can use this treatment approach alongside your medication as it is natural and safe. After a few corrections, we hope to see your blood pressure come down at your next physical exam. Many people who opt for this specialized chiropractic care are able to switch to a lower dose of hypertension medicine and some may even find out that they don’t need medication anymore.
Do you want to learn more about upper cervical chiropractic care and how it can be used to treat high blood pressure naturally? Visit our treatment facility in Dacula, Georgia, or contact our friendly staff today. Let our trained and licensed chiropractors help you on the journey to getting your blood pressure back under control.
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