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A non-invasive and drug-free procedure has been shown to significantly reduce high blood pressure in patients with hypertension, according to an exciting study published in the Journal of Human Hypertension.

The American Heart Association states that high blood pressure, or hypertension, is defined in an adult as a systolic pressure of 140 or higher and/or a diastolic pressure of 90 or higher. Nearly one in three adults in the United States suffers with high blood pressure and over 50,000 people die each year as a result of this condition. In fact, what is more startling is that the actual number of deaths from high blood pressure rose 56% between 1994 and 2004, despite an increase in prescription drug use to combat hypertension.

According to Dr. Thad Vuagniaux, Co-founder of the Upper Cervical Health Centers, “the brain and brain stem play a vital role in the regulation of blood pressure. In order to have normal blood pressure, you must have proper communication between your brain and body, This is commonly referred to as “brain to body communication”. When a misalignment occurs at the top of the neck, near the level of the brain stem, brain to body communication is affected and may result in high blood pressure.

The Atlas vertebra, which is at the top of the neck, is not anchored like all the other bones in the spine. It relies solely on the soft tissue (muscles and ligaments) to stay in place which makes it vulnerable or susceptible to a misalignment. In many patients, the Atlas can become displaced or misalignment without pain and therefore, often goes undetected and untreated. Dr. Vuagniaux states,“Upper cervical doctors have seen a link between injuries to the upper neck and high blood pressure for decades, but only recently has the medical profession begun to study how upper cervical care helps those suffering with high blood pressure.”

When a gentle and non-invasive upper cervical correction is made and the Atlas is repositioned properly, brain to body communication is restored and the body begins to heal itself. “This procedure has the effect of not one, but two blood-pressure medications given in combination,” study leader George Bakris, MD, tells WebMD. “And it seems to be adverse-event free. We saw no side effects and no problems,” adds Bakris. “We were shocked to find out that we got more than double what we expected in blood pressure reduction.”

In the interview with WebMD, Dr. Bakris said,”It is pretty clear that some kind of head and neck trauma early in life is related to this.” Upper cervical misalignments can be caused by falls, auto accidents, physical or emotional stress, poor posture, and even birth trauma.

Upper Cervical Health Care of Orange County

Upper Cervical Health Care of Orange County is the practice of Dr. Jerome Ri, DC, an Upper Cervical Doctor of Chiropractic who has had extensive training and education in the brain stem and the upper cervical spine. The goal of upper cervical care is not to treat the disease, but to connect head and neck alignment and restore “brain to body communication” thereby allowing the body to heal on its own without the use of potentially dangerous drugs or surgery. Upper Cervical Health Care of Orange County is located in Huntington Beach serving the greater Orange and Los Angeles Counties.

If you suffer from high blood pressure and would like to talk seek the help of Dr. Ri, call (714) 848-8122 or use the Contact Form to set up a consultation.

A study performed by medical doctors determined the decrease in patients blood pressure after upper cervical treatment was equal to patients taking two blood pressure drugs.

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Dr Jerome Ri, DC is the owner and operator of Upper Cervical Health Care of Orange County. He has dedicated his life to helping those in pain to regain their health and livelihoods through the use of the Blair and Knee Chest Upper Cervical Chiropractic techniques. In his free time, he enjoys working out, cooking, and building computers.

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