High Blood Pressure
The diagnosis of high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is certainly more common today with easier access to home blood pressure cuffs and the stringent guidelines as to what is considered normal. A diagnosis of high blood pressure today is treated with a litany of medications. High blood pressure has historically been related to heart attacks and strokes. It has been burned into our social consciousness as the "silent killer". Unfortunately, recent studies suggest that all this medicinal intervention over the past 20 years to bring everybody’s BP to the normal range of 120/80 has had no effect in reducing the statistical incidence of heart attacks and strokes. I’d be willing to bet you that within a decade or two, the American Medical Association will agree that, maybe, just maybe, 125/85 can be considered normal blood pressure too. With my point taken, I need to add that true hypertension has been helped dramatically with blood pressure medications. The small percentage of the total patients on blood pressure medication who actually fall into this category should never stop their medications. In fact, no one should ever change their medications without consulting with their physician.
Those of us under chiropractic care have found that by keeping our nervous systems functioning well, our muscles relaxed and our vessels performing at their best we can more easily manage our blood pressure without medication. Our office would not advertise that chiropractic can cure hypertension. I would say that I have personally witnessed many patients improve their blood pressures through chiropractic care. If you would like more information about high blood pressure and chiropractic care please contact us today.
Written by Dr. David Sandefur