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Chiropractic Cuts Blood Pressure  

Chiropractic Cuts Blood Pressure

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.

The subtle adjustment is practiced by the very small subgroup of chiropractors certified in National Upper Cervical Chiropractic (NUCCA) techniques. The procedure employs precise measurements to determine a patient's Atlas vertebra alignment. If realignment is deemed necessary, the chiropractor uses his or her hands to gently manipulate the vertebra.

"We are not doctors. We are spinal engineers," Dickholtz says. "We use mathematics, geometry, and physics to learn how to slide everything back into place."

What does this have to do with high blood pressure pressure?

Bakris notes that some researchers have suggested that injury to the Atlas vertebra can affect blood flow in the arteries at the base of the skull. Dickholtz thinks the misaligned Atlas triggers release of signals that make the arteries contract. Whether the procedure actually fixes such injuries is unknown, Bakris says.

Bakris began the study after a fellow doctor told him that something strange was happening in his family practice. The doctor had been sending some of his patients to a chiropractor. Some of these patients had high blood pressure. 

Yet after seeing the chiropractor, the patients' blood pressure had normalized -- and a few of them were able to stop taking their blood pressure medications.

So Bakris, then at Rush University, designed the pilot study with 50 patients. He's now organizing a much bigger clinical trial.

"Is it going to be for everybody with high blood pressure? No," Bakris says. "We clearly need to identify those who can benefit. It is pretty clear that some kind of head or neck trauma early in life is related to this. This is really a work in progress. It is certainly in the early stages of research."

Dickholtz has been teaching, practicing, and studying the NUCCA technique for 50 years. He says high blood pressure is far from the only thing an Atlas misalignment causes.

"On the other hand, if people have high blood pressure, there is a tremendous possibility they need an Atlas adjustment," he says.

 

 

Author:www.WebMD.com Health News by Daniel J. DeNoon
Source:Rush University Hypertension Center Chicago IL
Copyright:Journal Of Human Hypertension 3


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Pain In The Text Neck  

Spending too much time texting?  Hooked on social media?  Have you shifted from watching movies on a TV to watching them on your shiny new tablet?  With these new habits and activities come new stresses on the body.  "Text Neck" is the not so old term used to refer to pain and irritation to the neck and upper back as one looks down at their electronic device over extended periods of time.  This poor posture with the head in the down position causes irritation and damage to the cervical spine (neck) and upper thoracic spine (upper back).  Muscles and ligaments of the neck and upper back as well as the joints of the spine are all vulnerable, resulting in pain and stiffness.  Even the nerves exiting the spine in the neck and upper back areas can become irritated, resulting in local or radiating pain into the arms.  So what to do you ask?  The first step is raising all devices so they're at eye level and avoid looking down for extended periods of time where your chin is approaching your chest.  Also, limit your time on electronic devices and ensure that while in use, you take frequent breaks every 20-30 minutes.  If you’re at the point where you are noticing pain and stiffness during or after use, there is help.  Your local doctor of chiropractic is a spinal expert and can accurately evaluate and care for a wide variety of spinal and soft tissue conditions, including text neck.  Chiropractors utilize a number of safe and natural treatments focused on restoring motion and balance back to the spine and supporting soft tissues, eliminating the associated pain.  If you believe you might be suffering from text neck or another spinal/soft tissue disorder, call your local chiropractor today for a non-obligation evaluation today!

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:ChiroPlanet.com, May 2019.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2019


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Walking Away Back Pain  

European researchers have supporting evidence that moderate physical activity is beneficial for many people with acute low back pain. In a recent study, researchers found back pain sufferers had a reduction in their level of back pain after 10-15 minutes of treadmill walking at a self-selected speed. A word or caution: Those suffering from back pain should always seek the advise of their licensed chiropractor or other health care professional prior to initiating any physical activity when pain is present. Only a licensed health care provider can determine if physical activity is safe and/or appropriate for your particular condition.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:European Spine Journal 2003; Vol. 12, No. 2.
Copyright:ChiroPlanet.com 2003


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What’s With The “Pop”?  

If you've been to a chiropractor in the past, you may have noticed that your chiropractic procedure was associated with a popping sound. This sound is actually quite normal and is created by the negative pressure within the joint resulting in the release of nitrogen gas. In fact, this is what occurs when cracking your knuckles. With certain chiropractic procedures delivered by licensed doctors of chiropractic, this noise is completely normal. However, there are many times when the popping sound isn't heard. New research performed to evaluate neck pain and the presence of an audible "pop" heard immediately following the chiropractic procedure indicates the lack of an audible "pop" does not necessarily contribute to the reduction of pain or overall effect on the nervous system. In other words, that audible "pop" is not required to get great results!

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:JMPT. Vol. 34, Issue 1. January 2011.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2011


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