Hypertension Pilot Study – Univ Chicago & Chiropractic

This groundbreaking medical study demonstrated a chiropractic correction lowering blood pressure significantly in study participants. Conducted by Dr. Marshall Dickholtz, Sr. and Dr. George Bakris, the study used a chiropractic technique for half the patients and a bogus correction for the other half.

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High Blood Pressure

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.

Measure Control Treatment Delta P-value
Arterial blood pressure Pre Post Delta Pre Post Delta
Systolic BP 145.3 142.1 -3.2 147 129.8 -17.2 14.0 <0.0001
Diastolic BP 91.0 89.2 -1.8 92.5 82.2 -10.3 8.4 0.002
Pulse Rate 73.3 73.8 0.5 73.6 73.3 -0.3 -0.8 0.80
Alignment variables
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
Weight Differential 11.4 9.2 2.6 13.9 6.8 7.0 -4.5 0.10
% 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.

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