According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 1 in 5 Canadians have high blood pressure, the number one risk factor for stroke and a major risk factor for heart disease – the two leading causes of death in Canada. Do you know someone who has issues with their blood pressure? Ever wondered what causes unhealthy blood pressure? Or what you can do about it? Read on!
If you’ve ever had your blood pressure taken, you know that there are two numbers in a blood pressure reading. The top number is your systolic blood pressure, or the pressure in your arteries when your heart contracts and pushes blood out. The bottom number is your diastolic pressure, the pressure in your arteries when your heart relaxes between beats. What should your blood pressure be? The answer is – it depends. It varies from person to person. The table below, produced by the Heart and Stroke Foundation provides some general guidelines for blood pressure.
Is your Atlas Misaligned?
Just how does your body set your blood pressure? Blood pressure regulation is controlled by the brainstem, which is surrounded by the ring shaped first vertebra called the atlas. It also regulates other vital functions in your body like heart rate and breathing. Cool fact! The name of the area in the brainstem that controls blood pressure is the vasomotor center.
In a healthy body, the brain stem naturally maintains healthy blood pressure, increasing and decreasing it as needed. We’ve all heard that obesity, lack of exercise, and smoking put us at risk for high blood pressure but did you know that spinal subluxations or misalignments in your spine can also interfere with your body’s natural ability to regulate your blood pressure. When your atlas, the vertebra that surrounds your brainstem is misaligned, it puts pressure on your brainstem and prevents proper blood pressure regulation.
Your atlas, like all other vertebra can become misaligned due to the slightest amount of stress. Vertebra can become misaligned due to physical stress like a fall or car accident, biochemical stress like poor diet or medications, or psychological stress like work stress or family stress. Blood pressure medication will alter your blood pressure chemically but does not address the root of the problem. A healthy diet and exercise can also help improve blood pressure but will not fully correct the issue; the subluxations in your spine and brainstem must be removed. Subluxations can only be removed by chiropractic adjustment. Once the atlas subluxation is removed, brainstem function will improve and your blood pressure will have a chance to normalize, naturally. Phew!
Do you have a friend or loved on with blood pressure that is too high or too low? Be sure to share this blog with them so they can find relief and live a long healthy life.
“Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.” – Hippocrates