I want to tell you a story about my grandfather, Jose. Over the years, Jose has worked many jobs, both here in the United States as well as back home in Mexico. Some of his jobs included: boxer, restaurant owner, and baker. His wife and 6 children worked in the restaurant and bakery for the many years it was open. My grandfather has never been a stranger to hard work, filling his days with different activities even after retirement. It was a surprise to all of us when he was diagnosed with high blood pressure in 2005. At that time he was prescribed an ACE inhibitor drug, and has been taking it everyday for the past 10 years. The question I ask myself, and I will pose it to you all here is: if he were to stop taking his medication tomorrow, what would happen to his blood pressure? Obviously, it would rise, but do you think it would rise to the level it was 10 years ago, or would it rise even higher? Yes, in fact it would rise to a value higher than what it was 10 years ago. That’s a scary thought, that my grandfather is actually worse off today than he was in 2005. That the ACE inhibitor medication is merely suppressing a symptom of a cause that has not being addressed.
High blood pressure is a condition where the flow of blood is under greater pressure than what we would consider normal. This can be due to a few different causes; the first being narrowed blood vessels due to plaque buildup. The second is due to a physiological change that occurs due to a constant stress on the body. It is not due to a physical narrowing of blood vessels, but rather a change in the physiology of the body.
This was demonstrated in an article published in the Journal of Human Hypertension. The study found anatomical abnormalities of the cervical spine at the level of the Atlas vertebra being associated with relative ischemia of the brainstem circulation and increased blood pressure (BP). This is not due to a true narrowing of blood vessels but rather a change in the physiology of the body. What the study concluded was that the patients who received a single treatment of this first bone in the spine had a lowering of blood pressure greater than the effect of two hypertension medications lasting for 8 weeks with no reported adverse effects.
What that means for those in Boulder, Colorado is if you are suffering from high blood pressure, there is hope to get well one again. Schedule a complimentary consultation to see if you qualify for this type of care. We have helped people just like you in Boulder for years; call the office today to get scheduled.
About Atlas Chiropractic of Boulder
At Atlas Chiropractic of Boulder we are not only concerned about your symptoms, but also you as a person and what is important to you. We know that not everyone’s the same and not everyone has the same goals. It is important to us that we present a chiropractic care plan that works for you and is tailored to you and your health concerns.
We’re a specialty Boulder Chiropractor focused on back pain, neck pain, vertigo, and migraine headaches. Our patients visit our Boulder office from all over Northern Colorado, including, Longmont, Erie, Superior, Lafayette, Niwot, Louisville, Broomfield, and Denver, Colorado.
Contact Atlas Chiropractic of Boulder today to schedule a free evaluation. Specialized upper cervical chiropractic care is by no means a “hail Mary” solution, but if you haven’t yet seen Dr. Bremner, you’re nowhere close to running out of options.