Log In
Friday 25th May 2018

Chiropractic cuts blood pressure

21st March 2007

Patients who underwent a specific chiropractic technique called the 'Atlas adjustment' saw a significant drop in blood pressure, a placebo-controlled study has shown.


The procedure had the effect of not just one, but two blood-pressure medications given in combination, team leader George Bakris, director of the University of Chicago hypertension centre, said.

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. Because patients can't feel the technique, they were unable to tell which group they were in.

The key to the procedure was the realignment of the Atlas vertebra right at the top of the spine. Those who showed a successful realignment on X-rays also showed an average fall in systolic blood pressure of 14 mm Hg, and an average 8 mm Hg drop in diastolic pressure, researchers found.

None of the patients took blood pressure medicine during the study, which will be reported in the advance online issue of the Journal of Human Hypertension.



Share this page


Tom Wally

Thursday 22nd March 2007 @ 7:18

Structural distortion of the blood vessels leading to the medulla (where blood pressure sensors are located) is the logical first step to correcting this disfunction. Problem is the hands on skills necessary to perform this procedure is only available thru intense training as found in Chiropractic school. An MD attempting to perform this manuever may cause damage to the vertebral arteries. For optimum health, see a Chiropractor regularly.

Post your comment

Only registered users can comment. Fill in your e-mail address for quick registration.

Your email address:

Your comment will be checked by a Healthcare Today moderator before it is published on the site.

Mayden - Innovative cloud-based applications for healthcare
© Mayden Foundation 2018