High Blood Pressure is a Problem
According to the CDC, 29% of Americans suffer from High Blood Pressure. That is close to 1 in 3 out of every person in America. High Blood Pressure is also known as Hypertension and it essentially is when the blood pressure in your arteries is elevated for a long period of time. The biggest reason Hypertension is such a big problem is that it presents with no symptoms, but is a major risk factor in heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, kidney disease, dementia, and many other issues.
What Causes High Blood Pressure?
There are many causes of High Blood Pressure. The most common causes are environmental and lifestyle related. Diet, lack of exercise, depression, and obesity are all major causes. Diets high in salt intake or sugar have been shown to increase blood pressure. Lack of exercise and diet are the two main causes of High Blood Pressure that continue to get worse. A common scenario is an individual suffers from obesity due to a poor diet which then prevents them from exercising.
Prevention and Maintenance
The first and most important thing to do if you have High Blood Pressure is to improve your diet immediately. There is a specific diet for those with High Blood Pressure called the DASH diet. It focuses on lowering sodium and increasing potassium intake specifically. The next step is to start exercising. It can be as simple as a casual walk for 30 minutes. Just make sure you’re active. Another form of treatment is actually a Chiropractic adjustment.
Chiropractic Adjustments Can Lower Blood Pressure
A study conducted in 2007 tested Chiropractic adjustments on patients with High Blood Pressure. The study found that over an 8 week period, those who received a Chiropractic adjustment saw their blood pressure drop an average of 14 points with no side effects. “At the base of the brain are two centers that control all the muscles of the body. If you pinch the base of the brain — if the Atlas gets locked in a position as little as a half a millimeter out of line — it doesn’t cause any pain but it upsets these centers,” Marshall Dickholtz, DC tells us. This is why a proper adjustment can lower your blood pressure. If you or someone you know has High Blood Pressure, please contact us today to see if we can help.