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How Chiropractic May Help Reduce Anxiety & Blood Pressure


Demanding schedules and a constant pace may be typical for many of us. Usually that works quite well. But when that pace also generates high blood pressure numbers, we may have to drop back and find ways to change the game. As we all learn better ways to stay healthy and avoid heart disease, chiropractic turns out to be a good resource.  

According to a study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, chiropractic treatment may have a significant effect on blood pressure and anxiety levels. The study examined systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels and patients’ anxiety levels before and after an adjustment. The subjects who received active treatment experienced a drop in blood pressure and a decrease in their anxiety levels.

These reports are right in line with the overall wellness approach of chiropractic treatment that seeks to help increase vitality, boost immunity, relieve a variety of musculoskeletal complaints, and help strengthen the heart and cardiovascular system.

See Your Chiropractor & Find Out More

The initial chiropractor’s visit includes a spinal adjustment, medical history and discussion of daily schedules and current problems. The goal of the chiropractor is to help to achieve a healthy spine and nervous system, and seek pain relief without drugs or surgery.

The emphasis will be on improving normal activities, improving muscle strength, joint mobility and flexibility, and establishing a better diet and weight control. Exercises and rest periods are adjusted to the individual. For some this might mean daily stretching and swimming. For others, short walks paired with small weights may work to help reclaim normal schedules, reduce anxiety and increase endurance.

In most cases the chiropractor will want to talk about a fresh healthy diet and maintaining a good weight to establish good blood pressure levels. Often the chiropractor visits will evolve into a positive maintenance plan with ongoing visits. Varying approaches and ongoing assessments can help the person dial in the right combination that calms everything down. Many patients have been active all of their lives and regular swimming or going out for dinner and dancing can be naturals. They may also have to readjust their work hours and overall pace a little.

I have seen this approach work for several friends. As the anxiety eased and the blood pressure numbers improved, everything else seemed to work better too. That wellness focus and careful tune up supplied just what they needed.

If you or someone in your family is facing rising blood pressure numbers or frequent signs of anxiety see your doctor and your chiropractor soon.


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