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Blood Pressure

70 million American adults – 1 in every 3 – suffer from high blood pressure. Only half of these people have their condition under control. This condition has become so common it now costs the United States $46 billion a year. With this many people suffering from high blood pressure, it is no surprise that heart disease is the leading killer in the United States. While blood pressure medications are often effective treatments, they can come with many harmful side effects.

A recent research study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics shows chiropractic adjustments to the upper neck can lower systolic blood pressure almost immediately. Another study aired on ABC News demonstrated that just one adjustment to the top bone in the neck lowered blood pressure on average by 17 points, and was more effective than the two leading blood pressure medications on the market.

A recent case study performed by Dr. Shane Kurth at Apex Chiropractic in Louisville, CO, showed positive results using the torque release technique. Dr. Kurth treated the patient by removing vertebral subluxation with the integrator through the torque release technique. According to Dr. Laurie Tassell, National Spokesperson for the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia, a chiropractic pilot study involving 80 people found there is a relationship between the upper neck vertebrae and the body’s natural blood pressure control reflexes. A majority of the research relating blood pressure, hypertension, and hypotension have shown significant benefits to subluxation-based chiropractic adjustments.

Colic

5-25% of infants suffer from colic, and an infant with colic can be a nightmare for new parents. Long nights of crying due to gastrointestinal pain and numerous other factors can make the parent’s job both physically and emotionally harder than it needs to be.

The National Health Service in Ballerup (Copenhagen, Denmark) conducted a study involving 50 infants diagnosed with colic. Half of the group received specific chiropractic adjustments, and the other half received the drug dimethicon. In this study, 9 of the 25 infants taking the drug were removed from the study because their symptoms were getting worse.

Even with the removal 9 infants from the group that received drugs for colic, the results showed a more significant improvement in the group that were under chiropractic care. Between the fourth and seventh days of the study, the infants remaining in the drug group had reduced their hours of crying by only one hour, while the entire chiropractic group had reduced crying hours by an average of 2.4 hours. After 8 to 10 days, the infants who were prescribed drug treatments plateaued at a one-hour reduction in crying, while the chiropractic group further improved to an average of 2.7 fewer hours of crying. The researchers noted that, had the 9 infants not been pulled from the drug group, the disparity between chiropractic treatment and drug treatment would have been even greater.

Research study after research study continually demonstrate the greater efficacy of chiropractic care in alleviating colic in infants when compared to other medical treatments. Not only do chiropractic adjustments help alleviate colic symptoms, but they also contribute to infants’ overall health and immune system by boosting their white blood cell count.

Stress

Three main factors can cause misalignments in the spine resulting in nerve interference: thoughts, traumas, and toxins. Thoughts are the most common causes of spinal misalignments. People suffer from a range of emotional, relationship, and financial issues, and unfortunately they are not entirely escapable.

In the 1950s, Dr. Selye studied the effect of stress on the human body and presented his work to the world in the concept of the “General Adaptation Syndrome,” for which he won the 1964 Nobel Prize. This was a revolutionary concept of mental and physical illness and it was, at the time, acclaimed as the most important and far-reaching idea in the history of medicine: the idea that stress is the cause of all disease.

The longer we are under stress, the more our immune system is weakened. Stress releases a chemical called cortisol, which in excess can cause an array of problems.

One of the best ways to reduce stress is through chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractors are trained to remove you from one of the most severe stressors of all: the subluxation (or nerve interference). Subluxation is common and can even be painless, but it can exacerbate physical and emotional stress. As chiropractors begin to remove these subluxations the body begins to heal and adapt to the environment instead of being stuck in the same chronic state. Many research studies have linked the chiropractic adjustment to increasing one’s state of well-being on an emotional level. Specifically the torque release technique has been linked to overall improvements in the state of one’s body.