High Blood Pressure? A Chiropractic Appointment Could Help
If you’re suffering from high blood pressure, also called hypertension, it’s important to seek out qualified medical attention. When left untreated, high blood pressure is an often-fatal condition, bringing about heart disease or stroke. Many traditional medical professionals prescribe medication designed to lower blood pressure.
What’s important to realize, however, is high blood pressure is often only a symptom of an unhealthy lifestyle or underlying heart conditions. Treating high blood pressure itself is a first step, but it’s not an endgame. It’s important to look for the cause.
While there are no silver bullet treatments available to treat hypertension, chiropractic care may help cut high blood pressure. Coupled with lifestyle changes, chiropractic care may allow you to return your blood pressure to a healthy rate and ensure you’re able to live your life to the fullest.
At Strong Life Chiropractic, we strive to help our Tampa Bay and Lithia, FL patients address their blood pressure concerns in a holistic, natural way.
Understanding high blood pressure
Blood pressure is the measure of the force at which blood presses against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps blood through your body. The most common causes of high blood pressure are all related to lifestyle choices. For instance:
- Smokers are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure;
- As are those who consume unhealthy diets;
- Overabundant alcohol and caffeine consumption also lead to high blood pressure;
- Hypertension is also caused by underlying heart conditions related to lifestyle.
Lifestyle isn’t the sole determinant of high blood pressure. Some genetic and hereditary conditions put people at a predisposition for hypertension.
Know the risks
The risks associated with high blood pressure are serious and too numerous to ignore:
- More than 70 percent of adults who suffer their first heart attack have high blood pressure.
- Similarly, more than 80 percent of adults who suffer their first stroke also have high blood pressure.
- Additionally, high blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure.
- In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that high blood pressure was either the leading or a contributing cause of death for more than 360,000 individuals.
There’s no shortage of data outlining the risks of living with hypertension, which is why it’s critical to seek lifestyle changes and holistic treatments to help keep it in check. This includes chiropractic.
Chiropractic approaches for addressing high blood pressure
There are a number of lifestyle changes patients can make to overcome their high blood pressure. The primary ways include reducing their sodium intake, quitting smoking, stop drinking alcohol and reducing caffeine intake. Some medications designed to lower blood pressure may also be advisable in cases of extreme hypertension.
A 2007 study conducted by the director of the University of Chicago’s Hypertension Center and published in the Journal of Human Hypertension also suggests that adjustments of the Atlas vertebrae (located at the base of the skull) by a qualified chiropractic practitioner, is also an effective means of lowering a patient’s blood pressure. The study indicated that the positive impacts of the chiropractic adjustment on blood pressure lasted at least eight weeks.
If you’re suffering from high blood pressure, chiropractic care may be right for you. Strong Life Chiropractic is a chiropractic office serving residents of Tampa Bay and Lithia, FL who suffer from a range of ailments, including hypertension. Using the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach, in addition to therapeutic modalities, we aim to help patients keep their hypertension in-check. Reach out to us today to schedule a consultation.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.