High blood pressure is a common condition that affects almost 50% of American men and women. If you want a natural solution to lower your blood pressure, try upper cervical chiropractic care with Dr. David Chen, DC, in South Pasadena, California. Serving the greater Los Angeles area, Dr. Chen has advanced training in identifying and correcting vertebral misalignments in the neck that may contribute to high blood pressure. To learn more about upper cervical care, call or book an appointment online today.
High blood pressure — also called hypertension — is a medical condition in which the amount of pressure your blood applies to your blood vessels is increased above normal limits. High blood pressure is dangerous because it increases your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.
Normal blood pressure readings are below 120/80 mm Hg. Readings between 120/80 mm Hg and 140/90 mm Hg are considered prehypertension, and readings above 140/90 mm Hg are considered hypertension.
High blood pressure can affect people of all ages, though it’s most common in people over age 40. Some people may have a family history of high blood pressure, which can predispose them to the condition. Other causes can include:
Annual physical exams — including blood pressure readings — can help you understand your blood pressure and take steps to lower it.
To diagnose high blood pressure, Dr. Chen puts a blood pressure cuff around your upper arm to take a reading of your blood pressure. This test typically takes less than one minute, and it can be repeated if necessary.
If Dr. Chen diagnoses you with high blood pressure, he may recommend that you monitor your blood pressure at home. At-home blood pressure monitors can be purchased from your local drugstore.
In many cases, treatment for high blood pressure begins with lifestyle recommendations. Dr. Chen will provide counseling to help you determine which lifestyle changes could help you.
Additionally, he can perform upper cervical chiropractic care to reduce vertebral misalignments in your neck that can irritate the structures around your brain stem. When these vertebrae are out of alignment, the signals between your brain and spinal cord can get interrupted, which can lead to an increase in blood pressure.
Dr. Chen can help restore normal movement and function to these vertebrae to reduce misalignments and potentially lower your blood pressure. If needed, Dr. Chen can provide referrals to other doctors for blood pressure medications.
For help with your blood pressure, schedule a visit online or by calling Dr. David Chen, DC.