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Condition Spotlight: Hypertension

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Last year, the United States spent $47.5 Billion on health care services related to Hypertension. If you think that’s shocking, just take a look at some of these facts posted on the CDC’s website:

2/3 of all Americans are either pre-hypertensive or have hypertension.

Over 1000 people a day a die with hypertension being listed as a primary or contributing cause

• Only 47% of people have their Hypertension under control

1 out of 5 adults don’t know they have hypertension

The most common method of controlling hypertension is through some form of medication. While medications are usefull where immediate care is necessary, recent studies indicate that long-term use of medication failed to show long-term benefits for patients.

Medication can temporarily affect blood pressure but it cannot undo a physical obstruction to the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system does many things in your body particularly the functions that happen “automatically” including your blood pressure. For some people that have hypertension, the problem isn’t hypertension itself but a poorly functioning autonomic nervous system.

Recently, The University of Chicago published a study that looked at the possibility of a connection between a spinal realignment and a decrease in blood pressure.
“We set up a double-blind study to really look and see if in fact this procedure was affecting high blood pressure,” said University of Chicago Medical Center hypertension specialist, George Bakris.

The results were very promising. The patients who received a specific structural chiropractic adjustment saw their blood pressure drop an average of 17 points — a dip that usually takes two blood pressure medications to achieve.

The idea behind the realignment is that the Atlas (C1) vertebra, located at the top of the spine, operates like a fuse box in the body. When it’s twisted, it can pinch arteries and nerves at the neck’s base, which not only causes discomfort but also affects blood flow. This is known as an Atlas Displacement Complex

“When the spine is misaligned, it can affect all types of things, all types of disease, conditions,” said Dr. Marshall Dickholtz Jr.

So for patients with ADC, the specific, structural chiropractic adjustment lowered their pain and blood pressure simultaneously.

ABC News Good Morning America covered the groundbreaking study. You can watch the segment here:


Good Morning America Hypertension Study

At AXIS Chiropractic, unlike conventional chiropractors whose main focus is the temporary reduction of pain, we have focused our efforts on our primary condition- an Atlas Displacement Complex, and how it effects how you live, work, and play.
Once we find the specific nature of each unique structural shift; we correct and stabilize those shifts so that our patients can have a sustainable long-term solution to their health concerns.

If you would like to schedule a time to sit down and talk with one of our doctors, completely free of charge, to see if your hypertension may be related to an ADC, please call us at (805) 550-2144.

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