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Lower Blood Pressure from Neck Adjustments?

May 29, 2008 - 16 comments

An interesting new study has just been completed that suggests careful realignment of the upper neck has been associated with reducing blood pressure.

A video new report can be seen here: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/health&id=6033564

While it’s important to note that this procedure is not advertised as a “cure” for hypertension, it’s fascinating to observe that a simple, almost underwhelming spinal adjustment could have such an impact on your health. Naturally, larger studies involving more patients are necessary to establish a better understanding of the mechanism behind this improvement. But this early evidence is promising, so I encourage you to keep an eye out for the results of future studies. As I personally become aware of these findings, I will keep you updated.

Chiropractors have long reasoned that spinal problems correlate with health problems. While lower blood pressure can result from these unique spinal adjustments, a host of other conditions related to the nervous system could respond favorably as well. As a practicing Upper Cervical Chiropractor, I’ve witnessed tremendous health changes in the patients seen in my own office.

Among these changes are sleep disorders, which can often be related to nervous system malfunction. Approximately half of our patients report much improved sleep quality after their first spinal correction.

Could there be a relationship between hypertension, insomnia, and other health problems? There appears to be a strong possibility, and the Chicago Hypertension Clinic study mentioned above supports this idea.

Share this article with your doctor if you’re suffering from insomnia or high blood pressure in case they’re unaware of George Bakris, M.D.'s study. A wonderful learning resource exists for additional patient education at www.UpCspine.com.

I look forward to your thoughts and opinions.

Warm wishes,
AT

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by momtofourboys, May 29, 2008
Thank you for your helpful information. can I still have my spine aligned if I have a spinal nerve stimulator inplanted due to Neurofibromatosis.
The reasons I have lack of sleep is PAIN due to the NF, STRESS as to my 4 year old has some cardiac issues (hopefully the placement of his pacemaker will go smoothly next week) and Depression. I can't take anything for sleep as I have 4 children and I have to be able to be able to function if my little guy gets sick(usually he ends up in the hospital for 5 days when he gets sick)
I really need to have sleep as it is effectiong my MOOD very much to my kids and husband. (I can be really snappy in a heartbeat) Plus I try not to drive as I can fall sleep in a blink of an eye and don't want  to kill anyone. when I do fall asleep it is VERY short lived, maybe 1/2hour.
Thank you for your time. I will be willing to try this if it is possible SLEEP really sounds good about now.
michelle

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by colette500, May 30, 2008
Would like to know the best way to get off sleeping tablets, zimavane, which I have been taking for many years. I don't want to take anything else whilst coming off them. I know I am addicted. Is reducing and reducing the best way? I have had a big trauma in my life 5 yrs ago, am getting help with this. I would dearly love to get off these sleeping tablets, but get panicky even thinking about it! I have an opportunity to go back into education Sep so would like to attemps before then.

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by nursegirl6572, May 31, 2008
Hiya Doc!

VERY well worded, and I found it very intriguing.  Sincere thanks for sharing.



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by FORCE01, Jun 01, 2008
Doc how do i get the best solution for this adominal pain in my lower left side? i constantly suffer for constant vomiting weakness, uneasyness during unrination. i also do not have a free bios within 78hours what is my problem Doc?

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by MJIthewriter, Jun 03, 2008
Interesting. I have normal blood pressure but deal with insomnia... I wonder why that is.  I guess that's a bit different.

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by Adam Tanase, D.C.Blank, Jun 04, 2008
MJIthewriter,

High blood pressure and insomnia do not necessarily occur together in the patient. They are two separate conditions, and examples of what could be caused by upper cervical misalignment.



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by dudi, Jun 04, 2008
Hi there Doc!

I am a 40 year old woman, having trouble with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and for the last six months, a terrible problem with sleeping. I have always had little sleep, due to the fact that my autistic son didnt have much either. he is medicated now, and sleeping much better, but i am not. i have encountered much stress in the last little while..a move with my two sons from Canada to Austria, my mother in law passing two weeks ago, my father having to have a testicle removed, my sister in law had radiation for a tumour under her eye, my autistic son just developed epeleptic siezures on monday...all since we moved here in late December 2007. My stomach pain is incredible, and i have had back surgery which throbs too. Do you have any advice?

Thanks


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by Heather3418, Jun 04, 2008
Dr. Tanase,

I had noticed that the post Iwrote to you over a week ago, had been deleted.  I was wondering why?  We had a nice exchange and I was very interested in how the C1-C2 alignment worked with insomnia and high blood pressure.  You wrote me back to answer my questions and I see that has been deleted also.

If I said something that you felt needed to be deleted, I wish you would have PM'ed me and told me why.  I AM interested in this study and will continue to be.

Very Sincerely,
Heather
MS Forum

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by JADIE312, Jun 05, 2008
hello my names jadie  iam new to this program thing i have posted a question and  
no one has answered it so iam hoping you do.
    heres my question               i have been feeling  burning pain while haveing  sex  does this mean i have an std or an sti?

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by Adam Tanase, D.C.Blank, Jun 05, 2008
Jadie312,

The best place to get advice and suggestions would be in the Forums section under the relevant category.

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by doubledmarie, Jun 10, 2008
I just wanted to post under this catagory which is very interesting by the way that I had a disease that is VERY often over-looked, in some part because it is fairly rare.  The disease is called Prinzmetal and I was diagnosed with it 3 years ago but had suffered wtih it for years before that.  One of the worst symptoms of this disease is not being able to sleep at night because the symptoms are worse between the hours of 12 midnight and 8 am.  I had gone to a chiropractor for years and was being doctored for different spine problems.  Prinzmetal if very often overlooked or misdiagnosed especially in women, I had been told that I had everything from bad nerves to just problems with menopause.  Just another thing to think about.

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by Savas, Jun 13, 2008
I don't suppose they'll be doing a write up of the study in more detail in one of the medical journals anytime soon?

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by Adam Tanase, D.C.Blank, Jun 13, 2008
Bakris and colleagues report their findings in the advance online issue of the Journal of Human Hypertension.

It is my understanding that a larger study is currently underway in conjunction with the Palmer College of Chiropractic.

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by Mssierra, Jul 03, 2008
i could not find a way to message you so i hope you get this and possibly can help:
my post was as follows:
i no longer have insurance and can not afford to see a doctor, so i would like to know what i am in for here. I have been having excessive periods a month for a while now. it's like i am opposite. i go a total of about a week not on my period a month. i am 20 years old and never have had kids or had miscarriage. My mother had endometriosis  (sp?) and i hope that is not the case with me. I have a Hypoactive thyroid, and am no longer on medication because of the lack of insurace and the ability to even pay for the medication. I still want to have kids within the next 10 years or so, so i was wondering if anyone knew of any natural remedies or whatnot of a problem like this? Please help me out!
i guess i should have given you a little more information. thyroid problems are problems that are forever, once you have one you should be on medications for the rest of you life, i was on meds for 4 years and never got it regulated, now i can't afford any of it. >.<
however i did do some more research on my thyroid problem, and found that it can cause menstral problems in the later stages of it, but that they would become sparse, and this is obviously not the case with me. I have also checked out other posts, but nothing really that helps or is my case exactly.
more information on my periods: sometimes the bleeding is brown and gooey. I have virtually no pain with them, which is amazing considering when i was a good bit younger i had horrid craps that left me curled up in a ball on the couch crying, and had teachers send me home from school because they could tell the amount of pain i was in.
So pretty much i am having 3+ periods/month and not much pain. It is just annoying, and i know it is not normal.


i cant seem to get any responses on it. i would appreciate it if you could give me some idea at what i may be looking at here.

Thanks,
Sierra


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by kitkat299, Jul 28, 2009
Sierra,

          It kind of sounds like you might have endometriosis.  Go to one of the free health clinics if you can or call planned parenthood.    

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by Dalubaba, Oct 15, 2011
connection between spine alignment and lowering of blood pressure is quite evident in yoga. Doing jalandhar bandh(cervical plexus lock) reduces blood pressure. In general almost all yog postures affect spine in one way or other.Cardful study of spine and associated postures can reveal many benefits. This study can be undertaken by chiropractor and yoga consultant.
Micro cosmic orbit consists of governor and functional channel. These channel are nothing but front back part of spine. circulation of mental, physical and sexual energy is revolved in this orbit to get maximum mental, physical and spiritual benefits during yoga practice.So importance of spinal column is really great and due research may revel many beneficial aspect regarding physical and mental health.

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