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Chicago Study Documents Effectiveness of Upper Cervical Adjustment in Reducing Blood Pressure in Hypertensive Patients

A pilot study by the University of Chicago has documented that one chiropractic adjustment of a misaligned Atlas vertebra significantly reduces blood pressure in people with hypertension. The study was published in the March 2, 2007 issue of the online Journal of Human Hypertension.

According to lead author George Bakris, MD, director of the hypertension center at the University of Chicago Medical Center, anecdotal reports have linked blood pressure and neck pain for years.

In commenting on the study’s results, Dr. Bakris said, “We were shocked to find out that we got more than double what we expected in blood pressure reduction.” Patients who received the chiropractic adjustments in this study, he said, did not need to resume taking blood pressure medicine as the effect lasted for months.

These findings are significant as they further demonstrate the benefits of chiropractic care which go beyond back pain, neck pain and headaches.


  1. Tell me, does this intrique you at all?Babies in the womb, now have been tesetd at the umbilical cord. They have 200 toxins already before birth!I met this nurse and spoke to her recently in Spokane. I trust her.

    • admin

      There are so many chemicals in our environment that a pregnant mother (as well as all of us) can be exposed to and can get passed the placenta into the fetal blood. More education is necessary to bring to light the toxins and how to avoid them or increase the body’s ability to detoxify itself. I’ll be starting to post more articles on my site as soon as I get my free video series done. You can access Chappell Chiropractic Wellness Center’s website, http://www.chappellhealth, and go to the opt-in box for a free PDF report and the five videos will follow shortly. These will give you a primer on daily activities and habits that are robbing us of our health and energy.

    • Recently I took my 21 month old daughter Natalie to see Dr Mark Smith who has been my mohters chiropractor for just over a year. I was concerned that Natalie appeared to be having trouble walking straight. She appeared very stiff and bent over while walking. After the treatment i was thrilled to see that her posture improved significantly and Natalie went from being very bent over to almost straight. Natalie is now walking around and climbing so much more since the treatment. I wish to give Dr Smith a big thank you. – Sarah

      • admin

        Happy for your child. It’s sad so many children (and adults) suffer needlessly not knowing the benefits of a properly functioning nervous system.
        Any other areas you’d like me to focus on? I will be releasing five videos of about fifteen minutes each on the daily habits that are robbing us of our health and energy. If you go to my home page now and opt-in for the free report (see video lower right) you’ll get the free video series automatically when it becomes available.

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