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May, 2015

Blood Pressure and Cholesterol in Light of Today’s Chiropractic

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This week I am responding to a question one of my clients asked my assistant. Our client is currently being treated for high blood pressure by her physician and is not doing very well.

We haven’t seen her for a while but today she accompanied her daugher and grandson in for their adjustments. This post is for her, and hopefully encourages her to start getting adjusted again:)

And for everyone else out there that is looking for a natural solution to blood pressure and cholesterol issues.

Before I get into the content I want to share, I want you to know that I’m not telling anyone to immediately go off their medication. . . .

In fact, the studies that I am going to share and the stories that I have witnessed, all have been in close co-operation with the family physician. It is critical that any medication removal be monitored by the prescribing physician.

Several of the blood pressure studies in the chiropractic literature saw the patient’s blood pressure drop dangerously low because chiropractic worked so well AND the medication was not decreased simultaneously. The prescribing physicain needs to be monitoring your blood pressure and decreasing the prescription as your nervous system helps correct the blood pressure.

Now that my disclaimer is out of the way. . . here goes.

The first client I am going to talk about is Bob. I began working with Bob in 1998.

Bob’s blood pressure was not crazy, but he and his physician felt he needed to be on medication to deal with it.

He came to me for lower back pain and sciatia.

In the process of clearing his nerve system, his blood pressure stabilized and he got off his medication.

Oh, and by the way, his sciatia and low back pain cleared up too:)

How? Why?

If there is a spinal misalignment effecting the nerve system that supplies the heart (or regulatory centers of metabolism) then you can have blood pressure issues.

The main spinal areas are T1-T5, the nerves that exit the upper mid back. I’ve also seen the upper neck effect blood pressure too (that’s where metabolism is regulated).

A ground breaking blood pressure and anxiety study revealed that “systolic and diastolic blood pressure decreased significantly in the active treatment group, whereas no significant changes occurred in the placebo and control groups. Anxiety significantly decreased in the active and control conditions.” 1

That means people who were adjusted got good results, the people that did nothing, didn’t.

The second case was my mom.

My mom’s sky high blood pressure occured over a 9 year span.

Doctors and specialists continued to prescribe blood pressure medication while her blood pressure went out of control. She was in danger of having a stroke for years.

Medication was the only tool the doctors had so that’s what was given.

While my wife and I were home visiting for the weekend I would adjust her, and the blood pressure would go down for a few day’s. Only to return later in the week.

It turned out that she had an adrenal issue that was causing the blood pressure.

Even though the adjustments only held the blood pressure at bay for a few day’s, I know those adjustments all those years ago saved her life until the real issue could be discovered.

She’s been adjusted ever since, and is healthier today than 20+ years ago!

I am so thankful.

Your nervous system is an incredible thing and you need to take care of it with today’s, very advanced, safe and effective chiropractic care.

The final story is Viktor. I’ve changed his name to protect his privacy but I’ve chosen a solid Hungarian name to respect his heritage:)

He came in with his wife who was suffering with midback pain. He said he really didn’t have any issues, but he wanted me to check his nerve system and spine anyway.

We found several areas that needed attention and after 6 months of care he walked in with a copy of his blood work showing his cholesterol levels and blood pressure were now normal.

The only thing he had changed was getting adjusted. And again, as with Bob, he was now off all his medication, both blood pressure and cholesterol.

At the time it made sense neurologically but I had never heard of anything like that before.

Since then a 2013 research article was released that mirrored the experience Viktor had in my office. 2

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, any chiropractor that is worth their salt and working on improving their ability to perform corrective chiropractic care should have similiar results.

How do I know if I’m getting correction?

Some of the indicators you are in a “corrective office” are that they start with x-rays.

I know there are risks to x-ray and there are times we don’t take films (pregnacy, young children, etc. . . ) but I look at the risk to my clients if I don’t know EXACTLY what is going on inside.

I have seen too many scary x-rays in my 20+ years of practice to not consider my clients safety first. If I am going to adjust the spine (that surrounds the spinal cord) I want to see exactly what I am dealing with.

I don’t want to guess when it comes to the nerve system and my clients safety.

The second indicator that you are in a corrective office is the engagement level. You will be given very specific posture based exercises and home based instruction. The doctor and team will follow up on those instructions AND you will have REGULAR and CONSISTANT progress exams to see where you are.

Without these “basics”, there’s a good chance the “language” of the office is correction but the “delivery” and results will not be.

It is about changing the x-rays, correcting the posture and not just symptoms.

Obviously there is more, but if you can find a place that has those things, you’re off to a good start.

If anything I’ve wrote has sparked a question then please leave a comment below.

I’d love to connect you with a corrective chiropractic office in your area and have your story as one of the great testimonies of healing and recovery like we have at Lighthouse.

Notes:

  1. Effects of Chiropractic Treatment on Blood Pressure and Anxiety: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Yates RG, Lamping DL, Abram NL, Wright C J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1988 (Dec);11 (6): 484-488.
  2. An Epidemiological Approach to the Effects Subluxation-Based Chiropractic Care Has on Managing CVD Risk Factors: A Case Study and Review of the LiteratureEric Zielinski, B.A., Nate A. Blume, D.C. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, Nov. 4, 2013 77- 99.

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