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Craig Roberts, Chiropractor, Grass Valley CA
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Wednesday 11/7/2007 NOISE! and Blood Pressure

Being exposed to a lot of noise at work can be a factor in causing High Blood Pressure, researchers say.  This new study examined automobile workers who were either exposed to high noise levels at work or low noise levels.  The high noise workers had much higher tension in their blood vessels (hypertension), as well as less y'ascular compliance--that means that the vessels were less elastic and more reactive to stressors.  That, my friends, is a recipe for a heart attack or stroke!

From a chiropractic perspective this makes sense--in "high noise workers" there is simply more input to the auditory system than it is designed to handle on a regular basis.  This creates an excess tone in the nervous system resulting in nervous system stress--also known as a sympathetic response--resulting in "hyper--tension".  

If you are in a situation where you cannot avoid being exposed to noise I suggest 3 things to alleviate the ill-effects:

  1.  See a chiropractor--specific chiropractic adjustments inhibit the sympathetic nervous system and bring you into balance.
  2. Exercise vigorously and regularly.
  3. Meditate.  Chronic stress creates hormonal changes that affect your brain--these have been shown to be halted and reversed by meditation.
Link to the study here.


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