Chiropractic Care Can Lower Your Blood Pressure

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On average, one out of three adults suffers from high blood pressure. With so many people affected by high blood pressure, it’s no wonder that it’s a leading cause of death across the nation. If not managed, it can be a serious health concern. High blood pressure can cause strokes and heart disease. In fact, over half a million deaths each year are related to high blood pressure. The exact cause of high blood pressure is unknown, but there are several methods for managing blood pressure. Unbeknownst to many, chiropractic care from a Metairie chiropractor is an incredibly effective and well-proven method for lowering blood pressure.

A Long-Term Solution to Lower Blood Pressure

Blood pressure refers to the force of the blood pushing against the blood vessel walls. We need oxygenated blood flowing throughout our bodies in order to have proper organ function. A normal blood pressure rate is 120/80. Anything above 130/80 is considered elevated blood pressure, but different levels of blood pressure may be more concerning for some than for others. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can be caused by a variety of factors such as smoking, high stress levels, or obesity. However, for some, there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to their high blood pressure. Changing lifestyle habits can often help lower blood pressure, while others may choose to manage the problem with medication. However, blood pressure medicine will need to be taken long-term since it simply removes symptoms of the issue without actually correcting it. Medication is only a temporary fix as high blood pressure returns as soon as medication is stopped. Additionally, prescription medications can come with many harmful side effects. Chiropractic care, on the other hand, is completely safe and provides long-term solutions to your health concerns. It looks at the health of the whole person and seeks to treat the central nervous system in an effort to improve overall health and provide a long-term solution for hypertension.

Chiropractic Care for Hypertension

Spinal health directly affects how our body functions. In fact, the atlas vertebra (the uppermost bone of the spine) is often the culprit for high blood pressure. A misalignment of the spine can disrupt nerve communication from the brain to the rest of the body, leading to dysfunction. The atlas vertebra is an important part of the spine as it protects the brain stem and other nerves that are critical to many of our main body functions. Anytime this vertebra is the slightest bit twisted or out of alignment, it can significantly affect our health, including our blood pressure. Dr. Jeff Vitenas at Enlightened Chiropractic will assess your spinal health and correct any misalignments to restore nerve communication, lower blood pressure, and restore overall health and wellness.

Many Have Seen the Benefits of Chiropractic Care for High Blood Pressure

Many individuals have experienced positive results for their blood pressure levels after being under consistent chiropractic care. Case studies speak to the fact that chiropractic does indeed help to lower blood pressure. In fact, one study observed 50 people for 8 weeks. Some received true chiropractic adjustments, some received sham adjustments, while others received a placebo. Those who received chiropractic adjustments experienced an average drop in blood pressure of 17 points! It would take two blood pressure medications to achieve these results otherwise, and adjustments come without the risk of side effects.

Come experience the benefits for yourself. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeff of Enlightened Chiropractic to see how chiropractic can lower your blood pressure and improve your overall health.


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