Discussion: The findings of this study represent the first demonstration of a sustained BP lowering effect associated with a procedure to correct the alignment of the Atlas vertebra. The improvement in BP following the correction of Atlas misalignment is similar to that seen by giving two different antihypertensive agents simultaneously. Moreover, this reduction in BP persisted at 8 weeks and was not associated with pain or pain relief or any other symptom that could be associated with a rise in BP.
|Arterial blood pressure||Pre||Post||Pre||Post|
|Degree of pelvic distortion frontal plane||3.8||3.7||0.1||3.6||0.04||3.6||-3.5||<0.0001|
|Degree of pelvic distortion transverse plane||1.4||1.3||0.1||2.0||0.3||1.7||-1.6||0.0003|
|Lateral displacement of C-7||0.6||0.5||0.1||1.0||0.04||0.9||-0.8||0.002|
|% of weight differential||5.5||4.3||1.3||6.8||3.4||3.4||-2.1||0.12|
Abbreviation: BP, blood pressure.
a All values are expressed as means.