A pilot study by the University of Chicago has documented that one chiropractic adjustment of a misaligned Atlas vertebra significantly reduces blood pressure in people with hypertension. The study was published in the March 2, 2007 issue of the online Journal of Human Hypertension.
According to lead author George Bakris, MD, director of the hypertension center at the University of Chicago Medical Center, anecdotal reports have linked blood pressure and neck pain for years.
In commenting on the study’s results, Dr. Bakris said, “We were shocked to find out that we got more than double what we expected in blood pressure reduction.” Patients who received the chiropractic adjustments in this study, he said, did not need to resume taking blood pressure medicine as the effect lasted for months.
These findings are significant as they further demonstrate the benefits of chiropractic care which go beyond back pain, neck pain and headaches.