70 million American adults – 1 in every 3 – suffer from high blood pressure. Only half of these people have their condition under control. This condition has become so common it now costs the United States $46 billion a year. With this many people suffering from high blood pressure, it is no surprise that heart disease is the leading killer in the United States. While blood pressure medications are often effective treatments, they can come with many harmful side effects.
A recent research study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics shows chiropractic adjustments to the upper neck can lower systolic blood pressure almost immediately. Another study aired on ABC News demonstrated that just one adjustment to the top bone in the neck lowered blood pressure on average by 17 points, and was more effective than the two leading blood pressure medications on the market.
A recent case study performed by Dr. Shane Kurth at Apex Chiropractic in Louisville, CO, showed positive results using the torque release technique. Dr. Kurth treated the patient by removing vertebral subluxation with the integrator through the torque release technique. According to Dr. Laurie Tassell, National Spokesperson for the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia, a chiropractic pilot study involving 80 people found there is a relationship between the upper neck vertebrae and the body’s natural blood pressure control reflexes. A majority of the research relating blood pressure, hypertension, and hypotension have shown significant benefits to subluxation-based chiropractic adjustments.