Most of us are familiar with many of the risks associated with uncontrolled high blood pressure. Long term high blood pressure can damage the kidneys and lead to a heart attack or stroke. If you’re a patient looking for alternative methods for controlling your blood pressure, you’ll be pleased to know there are many natural ways you can lower your risk of problems.
Begin by eating a diet high in vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans and whole grains. This will provide you with essential phytonutrients that will help decrease inflammation within your body. According to the American Cancer Society you’ll also be helping to prevent cancer-causing agents from forming. In addition, our Plano chiropractors can also recommend helpful dietary supplements.
Secondly, add a bit of exercise to your daily routine. Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of health clubs or gym memberships—you can opt for small changes to start. Try taking the stairs, and parking the car farther away from your destination. Even something as simple as using a manual can opener will bump up your activity level.
Is Chiropractic Treatment Effective in Treating High Blood Pressure?
Chiropractic care may also play a role in helping to maintain healthy blood pressure. Chiropractic adjustments that realign the bones of the spine remove pressure in the nervous system, decreasing the body’s stress response, restoring function, and reducing high blood pressure.
A study at the University of Chicago hypertension center confirmed that a special upper cervical chiropractic adjustment lowered blood pressure in study participants as effectively as two blood-pressure medications taken in combination. George Bakris, MD, the study leader, said they found no side effects and no problems during the study.
Eight weeks after the treatment, patients with early-stage high blood pressure had markedly lower blood pressure than patients who were not treated. The study noted an average decrease of 14 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure count), and an average of 8 mm Hg greater drop in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number). Yet another study found that adjustments to the thoracic region of the spine can greatly reduce blood pressure. Our Plano chiropractors can tell you if you’re a candidate for this special adjustment.
Our Plano Chiropractic Treatment Can Reduce Pain Too
At our chiropractic office in Plano, TX our goal is to reduce or eliminate inflammation and pain by correcting the cause of your pain and stabilizing your spine to provide you with long-term relief. Chiropractic adjustments focused on reducing high blood pressure will include a thorough exam and consultation. From there, we will customize a treatment plan to help you achieve your health goals.
Our treatment options include flexible and affordable solutions whether you’re looking for a help for high blood pressure or chronic back or neck pain.
Just give us a call to schedule an appointment. We’ll explain your options to improve your health, reduce your high blood pressure, and eliminate your pain.