There are over 70 million Americans who suffer with Hypertension in the United States.1 That is equivalent to 1 in 3 adults. Hypertension is linked with heart attack and stroke which both kill over 1 million Americans annually. Current hypertensive drugs are successful in lowering most people’s blood pressure but as with all drugs their side effects can be deleterious to your health. This article will discuss things that you can do to help yourself naturally, with the end goal of healing your body naturally as to avoid the need for pharmaceutical drugs.
Hypertension can have many causative agents. Most Americans are aware of the obvious ones:
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Central Nervous Systems Role In Blood Pressure Control
Most Americans are unaware of how the central nervous system is the controlling and regulating factor in blood pressure in the human body. The brain stem, which is located at the base of the skull and enters into the top two vertebra in the neck, controls most autonomic functions of the body including blood pressure regulation.
Your body carries its blood through arteries. The diameter of those arteries is controlled by smooth muscle. The smooth muscle inside of the arteriole wall controls the diameter of the artery. Daily living requires the arteries of the body to constrict and dilate depending on our activity, outside temperature , and other factors. The smooth muscle is controlled by the vasomotor nucleus which is in the brain stem at the base of the skull. If this most vital area is compromised bio-mechanically it can influence this center negatively. If the vasomotor nucleus functions is aberrant and it constricts the smooth muscle more than is needed this can raise blood pressure. In fact this is the same principle that applies to a hose. If you constrict the diameter of a hose with water running through it this raise the pressure and the water shoots out the end with more vigor.
How Does The Brain Stem Function Get Compromised?
Each of us experiences trauma throughout our lives. Some of us get in car accidents and others have sports injuries. Rarely does someone go through life without some kind of trauma. The junction of the head and neck is structurally the weakest link in the spine. The head weighs on average 11 lbs and the top vertebra of the neck weighs two ounces. This makes this area susceptible to bio-mechanical trauma and displacement. When a person sustains a whiplash type trauma, a shearing effect between the head and neck occurs. This causes a structural displacement of the atlas relative to the head , tearing the joint capsule, soft tissues, and creates a misalignment that becomes locked. Then the body adapts structurally , in most cases, by losing the normal cervical curve. This adaptive process creates stresses and strains on the brain stem creating abnormal function. In many cases this can be the underlying cause of hypertension. A landmark study published in 2007 in the JOURNAL OF HYPERTENSION showed that a specific correction to the atlas vertebra lowered blood pressure equivalent to two hypertensive medications(2).
Not only does correcting the atlas misalignment help blood pressure patients naturally, it can also help a plethora of conditions. This can be achieved because the brain stem controls most of the bodies internal function. The GOAL of upper cervical care is to allow the central nervous system to work at its optimum by correcting bio-mechanical misalignments that interfere with normal function. If you suffer with hypertension and other health issues it would behoove you to get a free consult with an Upper Cervical Doctor in Los Angeles.
1. Nwankwo T, Yoon SS, Burt V, Gu Q. Hypertension among adults in the US: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2011-2012. NCHS Data Brief, No. 133. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Dept of Health and Human Services, 2013.
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