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  • Association of NJ Chiropractors Observes National Healthy Heart Month by Pointing Out Benefits Chiropractic Adjustments Can Have on Normalizing Blood Pressure

    Published: Wednesday, February 01, 2012, 10:11 AM     Updated: Wednesday, February 01, 2012, 10:17 AM
    Association of NJ Chiropractors By Association of NJ Chiropractors

    Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. February has been designated as National Healthy Heart Month to bring attention to the epidemic proportions of cardiovascular disease in America. This includes heart attacks and strokes with heart attacks being number one.

    The Association of NJ Chiropractors (ANJC), which represents over 2000 chiropractors statewide, is using this month as an opportunity to educate both current and prospective patients on the avoidable risk factors to prevent heart disease, and how chiropractic adjustments have been proven as an effective means to lower blood pressure.

    “Maintaining a lifestyle of exercise and proper nutrition plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy heart,” said Dr. Joseph D’Angiolillo, ANJC President. “One avoidable risk factor that can directly be impacted in a positive manner by a chiropractic adjustment is high blood pressure.”

    It is a common experience in chiropractic offices to experience patients having their blood pressure medication change after receiving treatment for an unrelated neuromuscular skeletal condition, such as headache, neck or back pain. The relationship of the spine to blood pressure is a neurologic and anatomical relationship and not based on theory or any philosophical constraint.

    There are five factors that determine blood pressure.

    1. How hard your heart beats

    2. How fast your heart beats

    3. The diameter of your blood vessels

    4. The thickness of your blood

    5. The volume of your blood.

    The first three factors – how hard your heart beats, how fast it beats and the diameter of the blood vessels are all muscular functions. The muscles of the heart, as well as the muscles in the blood vessels, specifically arteries, are controlled by nerves which come from the spine at one level or another.

    “Therefore, maintaining spinal balance with chiropractic adjustments to keep normal nerve flow to the heart and to the arteries, will have a direct reflection on blood pressure, allowing it to normalize, whether it is high or low,” observed Dr. D’Angiolillo.

    The volume of blood and the thickness of blood are more complicated mechanisms and although they are affected by nerve impulses from the spinal cord and spinal nerves, the relationship is more indirect.

    Therefore, it can be seen how taking chiropractic adjustments can affect blood pressure. The relationship is a direct relationship between the nerves of the spine as they travel their way to the muscles that control the speed and strength of heart contractions, as well as the diameter of the blood vessels.

    A Chicago-area research study conducted in 2007 showed a direct correlation between chiropractic adjustments and lowering of blood pressure. The study, involved 50 individuals with a misaligned Atlas vertebra (located high in the neck) and high blood pressure showed that after a one-time specialized chiropractic adjustment, blood pressure decreased significantly. The decrease was equal to taking two blood-pressure drugs at once. The results were published in the online March 2 issue of the Journal of Human Hypertension. Journal of Human Hypertension (2007) 21, 347–352. doi:10.1038/sj.jhh.1002133; published online 2 March 2007

    According to lead author George Bakris, MD, director of the hypertension center at the University of Chicago Medical Center, unlike other vertebrae, which interlock one to the next, the Atlas (also known as C-1) relies solely upon soft tissue (muscles and ligaments) to maintain alignment; therefore, is uniquely vulnerable to displacement. Displacement of C-1 can occur without pain and thus, often goes undetected and untreated.

    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. 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).

    Because patients can’t feel the technique, they were unable to tell which group they were in. None of the patients took blood pressure medicine during the eight-week study.

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