Chiropractic care and high blood pressure

By: Dr. Daniel Vandervoort, Sep 29, 2012

Can chiropractic care help high blood pressure?

High blood pressure affects 1 in 3 adults.

High blood pressure – blood pressures exceeding 140/90 mm Hg most of the time - can damage your body over time and lead to numerous unfavorable health outcomes, including heart, blood vessel and kidney problems, among other health problems. Chronic hypertension hastens the development of atherosclerosis and is a significant risk factor for stroke and heart attack. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute reports that high blood pressure, or hypertension, is common, affecting 1 in 3 American adults.

In most cases, high blood pressure does not cause any signs or symptoms, so it can be difficult to detect if you do not have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis. The two principle types of hypertension are primary hypertension and secondary hypertension. Primary hypertension develops gradually over many years and has no identifiable cause. Secondary hypertension often develops suddenly, causes higher blood pressure than primary hypertension and is caused by an underlying health issue, such as kidney problems or adrenal gland tumors. Primary hypertension, or essential hypertension, is the most common type of hypertension, accounting for 90 to 95 percent of all cases.

Dr. Alex Vasquez, a renowned chiropractor, naturopathic physician and osteopathic doctor, states that nutrition, lifestyle counseling and chiropractic adjustments should be the treatment of choice for anybody suffering from chronic primary hypertension.  Indeed, chiropractors have long used natural approaches to address this common - but not normal- health problem. Some studies, including one published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, have shown that chiropractic adjustments to the thoracic spine may help reduce blood pressure.

Another study, published in 2007 in the Journal of Human Hypertension, states that restoring alignment of the Atlas - the topmost cervical vertebra - is associated with significant (and sustained) decreases in blood pressure that are similar to the effects of a two-drug combination therapy. Chiropractic manipulative therapy is just one of several approaches your chiropractor may use to help optimize your blood pressure.

Dr. Daniel Vandervoort graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1987 with both clinical and academic honours. He studied Human Kinetics at the University of Waterloo prior to CMCC. Born in Guelph, Ontario Daniel attended Georgetown High School.

Dr. Dan is the director of Rockland’s oldest and most established chiropractic clinic since 1994. He also enjoys practicing 2 days per week at the Beacon Hill Chiropractic Clinic on Montreal Rd. near Orleans with his partner Dr. Sylvie Bordeleau.

Dr. Vandervoort has special interests in athletics, fitness and nutrition. He is long term member of the local gym and competes in triathlons and road races. From both personal and clinical experience, Dr. Dan has considerable knowledge in the assessment and treatment of athletic injuries. He is able to treat spine related conditions in people of all ages using diversified and Activator techniques as well as providing appropriate home exercises.