Chiropractic Adjustments Effects On Blood Pressure

This 2007 pilot study examines the relationship between nonsurgical interventions to align the Atlas vertebra and changes in blood pressure and heart rate. The study was a randomized, double-blind, with a placebo control. 

The data showed significant reduction in overall blood pressure. 

Study Results:

Precise upper cervical chiropractic spinal adjustments produced a reduction in both systolic (17mmHg) and diastolic (10mmHg) blood pressure that was sustainable over a 8 week period with “no adverse effects”. 

Evidence shows it would take roughly 2 blood pressure drugs in combination to get that kind of result.

This study shows that correction of misalignment of the Atlas vertebra lowers and sustains reductions in blood pressure for at least 8 weeks in people with Stage 1 hypertension.

Chiropractic has profound effects on maintaining balance and coordination of arterial blood pressure through direct impact on brain stem function. 


“Atlas vertebra realignment and achievement of arterial pressure goal in hypertensive patients” Journal of Human Hypertension (2007) 21, 347– 352.