High blood pressure is a serious condition that can be can be fatal. This is because direct results of high pressure can cause heart disease, kidney failure, stroke, and other health issues. There are medications often prescribed to help lower high blood pressure, and healthy forms of prevention include a nutritious diet, avoidance of tobacco, and exercise.
High blood pressure doesn’t usually have signs or symptoms which mean you can have it for a while without knowing it. It can damage your blood vessels, kidneys, heart, and other parts of your body.
Blood pressure is measured as systolic, which refers to blood pressure when the heart beats to pump blood, and diastolic, which is blood pressure when the heart is at rest between beats. The top numbers of your blood pressure are systolic, and the bottom numbers are diastolic.
Normal blood pressure numbers for adults are systolic at less than 120, and diastolic at less than 80.
- Prehypertension: 120 to 139 over 80 or 90.
- Stage one high blood pressure: 140 to 159 over 90 or 99.
- Stage two high blood pressure: 160 or higher over 100 or higher.
This range is for adults ages 18 and older who don’t have short-term illnesses that are serious. Blood pressure does not stay constant, either. It lowers when you are sleeping, and gets higher when you wake up. It also rises when you’re nervous, active, or excited. When your numbers are above normal most of the time, you are at risk for health problems.
What Effect Does Chiropractic Care Have?
Chiropractic care can be a practical defense against the dangers of high blood pressure. Results taken from chiropractic adjustments to the thoracic spine with the assistance of instruments show that blood pressure was positively affected by these adjustments. A study by The University of Chicago Hypertension Center showed that chiropractic adjustments lowered blood pressure equal to two blood-pressure medications.
Chiropractic treatment is known to help heal injuries to the musculoskeletal system. Other effects on biological systems such as the nervous network and vascular system aren’t well understood. Chiropractic care is concluded to be good for the heart.
While it’s always important to see your primary care doctor to keep an eye on high blood pressure, there are other ways to help. Call Cross Valley Chiropractic at (570) 822-4848 for a consultation.