Blood Pressure, Hypertension, Natural Relief, Upper CervicalHigh Blood Pressure

Do you struggle with high blood pressure? Hypertension is a common ailment, and it is usually treated with prescription drugs that can have many harmful side effects. Are you searching for a natural, drug­free solution to your blood pressure problem? Then you will be happy to know what upper cervical chiropractic care can do for you. Upper cervical chiropractic focuses on the C­1 and C­2 vertebrae. Studies have shown that the C­1 vertebrae in particular can have an effect on blood pressure when it is misaligned. In one study, half of the participant received upper cervical  chiropractic care, while the other half received a “fake adjustment” as a placebo. Both groups stayed off of their hypertension medication while participating in the study. The results showed that those who received an actual adjustment saw significant benefits. More research continues to determine the full extent of the benefits of upper cervical chiropractic on high blood pressure as well as many other ailments.


Why the Upper Neck?

Why does the alignment of the C­1 vertebrae (sometimes called the Atlas vertebrae) have an effect on blood pressure? Because of its location at the brain stem, the C­1 only has to move about half a millimeter to start pinching the base of the brain. While this is not enough to cause pain in the area of the misalignment, it can certainly cause many other problems throughout the body. In fact, a misalignment of the C­1 can cause the spine to be twisted, one hip to be higher than the other, one leg to be shorter, and many other health problems including hypertension.

How may such a misalignment have occurred? For some, an upper neck injury may have occurred at birth. Others experience an accident such as a car accident or a sports injury. Others many have received the damage in an attack. Regardless of the cause of the upper neck injury, upper cervical chiropractic care is the best way to realign the vertebrae. It may thus reverse some of the symptoms related to the injury.


What to Do Next

If you are struggling with high blood pressure, why not make an appointment to see if upper cervical chiropractor care can help you? X­rays will be taken to determine if your upper neck vertebrae have become misaligned somehow. Then relief care can be administered as needed. Upper cervical chiropractic is safe and effective, making it an excellent natural and drug­free alternative.


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Dr. Andrea Pritchett of Vital Life Wellness Center in Dublin, California is an Dublin Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Her upper cervical clinic also serves Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon and Danville. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including children’s conditions such as ear infections, colic and scoliosis and problems that adults face including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, sciatica, neck and back pain, and more. More information can be found on our website at