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Heart Conditions / Blood Pressure

Cardiovasular Disease

Cardiovascular disease has been the first or second leading cause of death for nearly 30 years. The staggering fact is that these numbers continue to rise despite the rise in prescription treatment. High blood pressure is a common objective measure that can indicate a person’s cardiovascular system is failing to work optimally.

Medical and Chiropractic journals continue to confirm that chiropractic, and Upper Cervical chiropractic more specifically, can be an effective approach for managing high blood pressure. Of course diet and lifestyle are important, but misalignments in the top of the neck are scientifically validated to be a major contributing factor for many people as well.

RELATED: See the studies in the Upper Cervical Neurodegenerative section. These studies confirm that proper alignment of the top bones in the neck are fundamental for expecting to have “normal” blood flow and Cerebral Spinal Fluid flow in and out of the brain/skull.


Human Hypertension
Journal Humam Hypertension, 2007
Correcting the Upper cervical misalignment in patients with chronic high blood pressure resulted in an 8 week sustained 14 point drop in systolic pressure! That’s the equivalent to 2 blood pressure medications!

Interview with Dr. Bakris MD on Human Hypertension
Human Hypertension, 2007
MUST SEE interview with Dr. Bakris MD, Chicago Medical Center, in response to his 2007 study (linked above) and more importantly what he is seeing clinically when he refers patients out for this Upper Cervical treatment. In the interview, his co-author, Dr. Bell, says he has sent more than 6,000 of his patients to get under upper cervical care for a wide variety of conditions because of how impactful it is.
Atlas Orthogonal (AO) upper cervical adjustment to the atlas and its effects on arterial blood pressure (ABP)
Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, 2012
Forty-two patients
Conclusion: These findings suggest realignment of the atlas does not simply lower ABP but may also be part of a systemic homeostatic mechanism not yet completely understood. The same adjustment that decreased hypertensive ABP measurements also increased hypotensive ABP measurements to more normal levels.
Effects of Upper and Lower Cervical Spinal Manipulative Therapy on Blood Pressure and Heart Rate Variability in Volunteers and Patients With Neck Pain: A Randomized Controlled, Cross-Over, Preliminary Study
J Chiropr Med, 2015
Upper and Lower Cervical neck adjustments have a strong and lasting effect on Blood Pressure and Heart Rate Variability. This study found these improvements in people with ongoing Neck Pain. A Randomized Controlled study.

Additional Studies

“The InM contains neurochemically diverse neurons and sends both excitatory and inhibitory projections to the NTS. These data provide a novel pathway that may underlie possible reflex changes in autonomic variables after neck muscle spindle afferent activation…. Activation of neck muscle spindle afferents via neck flexion can initiate an increase in heart rate, muscle sympathetic nerve activity, and arterial blood pressure.

“Additional evidence for the involvement of the suboccipital muscle group in the cervico-sympathetic reflex comes from changes in blood pressure associated with chiropractic manipulations of the C1 vertebrae (McKnight and DeBoer, 1988; Knutson, 2001), which would result in altering the length of fibers in the suboccipital muscle group. The projection from the InM to the NTS identified in this study therefore places it in an ideal position to mediate cardiorespiratory changes to neck muscle afferent stimulation, because the NTS is a major integratory area for autonomic control circuits.” (Potts, 2002)

The Neurochemically Diverse Intermedius Nucleus of the Medulla as a Source of Excitatory and Inhibitory Synaptic Input to the Nucleus Tractus Solitarii
The Journal of Neuroscience, 2007
How a Pain in the Neck Could Be Bad For Your Blood
leeds.ac.uk, 2007
Bad Posture Could Raise Your Blood Pressure
The Journal of Neuroscience, 2007

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