Chiropractic adjustments to the upper neck work as well to lower blood pressure as two-drug combination therapy. The study, reported this month in the Journal of Human Hypertension, involved 50 people with high blood pressure with an average age of 53 years. Over the 8-week course of treatment, systolic blood pressure (the top number in the blood pressure reading) fell an average of 17 points! Diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) fell an average of 10 points! Treatment involved specific Chiropractic adjustments to the upper neck.
There were no negative side-effects of treatment. The researchers hypothesized that poor movement in the upper cervical spine causes decreases in blood flow to the brain stem. The body then increases blood pressure to provide the brain stem with needed blood. With chiropractic correction of the upper neck, blood pressure is able to return to normal. For more information on natural strategies to lower blood pressure, read my Blood Pressure Article.
Link to the study.