Research shows that the specific chiropractic adjustment affects the autonomic nervous system, which in turn affects the blood pressure.
A groundbreaking study was published in the Journal of Human Hypertension in 2007 which showed that a specific chiropractic adjustment of the first cervical vertebrae (just under the head) lowered blood pressure. At the time of this writing, larger trials are underway to expand our scientific knowledge of this phenomenon.
The Activator Methods analysis and instrument adjusting system has also been studied for blood pressure effects. A large randomized clinical trial showed significant changes in blood pressure after the Activator adjustment. Another study showed that Activator adjustments lowered anxiety and blood pressure.
The purpose of the Activator Methods chiropractic adjustment is to eliminate vertebral subluxations and promote proper nervous system communication and function. One of the many positive "side effects" of the chiropractic adjustment is the restoration of normal body function, such as the restoration of normal blood pressure. It is possible that the Activator adjustment may be one avenue for you in helping to lower your high blood pressure.
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