High Blood Pressure Alternatives 

 June 2, 2010

By  Dr. John Vilkelis

There are numerous reasons to want to find a way to lower your blood pressure. High blood pressure (HBP) contributes to strokes, heart attacks, arteriosclerosis and many other health problems. These are obviously serious problems one would want to avoid. The American Heart Association calls HBP the silent killer.
Improvements in diet & exercise can help to lower HBP but most often people with HBP are prescribed some kind of medication to lower their blood pressure artificially. WebMD suggests CoQ10, omega-3 fatty acids and some amino acids like L-arginine and L-taurine while other sites like Natural Remedies includes hawthorn and garlic on their list of alternative treatments.
WebMD, Good Morning America and CBS TV all have stories on their websites about how a chiropractic adjustment of the atlas, the first cervical vertebra in your spine can lower HBP. A recent study showed some very promising results.
A misalignment or “subluxation” of the vertebra puts pressure on the brain stem and causes nerve dysfunction and thus changes the regulatory instructions to your body and increases your blood pressure. A specific chiropractic adjustment of the atlas will begin to take the pressure off the nerves and restore the proper function to the body thus lowering your HBP.
According to the study 85% of people required only one treatment by the chiropractor to realize an average 14mm drop in diastolic pressure (the top number in your BP) and an average 8mm drop in systolic pressure (the bottom number in your BP).
You may require some special x-rays to determine if you are a candidate for this type of treatment for your HBP. According to InjuryTV.com you need to remember that the misalignment or “subluxation” of the atlas is likely to be pain free so it is important to get checked by a chiropractor to find out if this treatment can work for your HBP.

Dr. John Vilkelis

Dr. Vilkelis has been in private practice for over 27 years. He has a reputation for truly caring for his patients and goes the extra mile to make sure people get the help they need. He accepts patients of all ages and is eager to help you get well and stay healthy. Give him a call today at (914) 618-4330.

Dr. John G. Vilkelis

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