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Posted on 08-10-2017
In a 2007 placebo controlled study reported in Web M.D. and conducted at the University of Chicago Hypertension Center, a chiropractic procedure that involves realigning the C1 vertebrae was shown to have a significant effect on blood pressure readings in participants. Also known as the atlas vertebrae based on the fact that it supports the cranium, this donut shaped bone has long been known to exert significant control over the parasympathetic nervous system. Patients in the study who received the actual adjustment saw an average of 14 mm Hg drop in systolic blood pressure and average of 8 mm Hg drop in diastolic blood pressure. Furthermore, these improvements were maintained for an average of eight weeks.
The leader of the study, Dr George Bakris M.D. stated, "When the statistician brought me the data, I actually didn't believe it. It was way to good to be true. But we checked everything and there it was."
At Back in Motion we have noticed similar improvements over the past thirty years of practice. The combination of acupuncture (needle and non-needle) to the atlas and occipital area has yielded even more impressive results. Call us at 621-2224 and Dr. Smith will be happy to consult with you and determine if your condition may be helped with these procedures.
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