High Blood Pressure
Signs and Symptoms
Typically, high blood pressure has no warning signs or symptoms, especially in the early stages, so people don't realize they have it until much later. Some signs of late-stage blood pressure issues include lack of energy, dizziness, fainting, ringing in the ears, difficulty finding words, shortness of breath, vision changes, heaviness in legs, or cramping of muscles during the night.
The Medical Approach
The medical response to blood pressure issues is to prescribe a specific blocking, inhibiting, or eliminating drug that suppresses a naturally occurring chemical in the blood stream, or blocks the receptors that allow those certain chemical messengers to function.
Examples of these are diuretics, ACE inhibitors, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, angiotensin II inhibitors, to name a few. Be aware of the development of rash, hives, light sensitivity, numbness in the hands and feet, weakness, depression, impotence, confusion, joint aches, muscle spasms and many others.
The Non-Medical Approach
Typically before medications are prescribed, most people try to lower their blood pressure through lifestyle changes such as the following: quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, and limiting the amount of alcohol you drink. Most people know of these strategies, both medical and non-medical, and yet still 1 in 3 American adults suffer from this condition.
The Chiropractic Approach
By testing for and identifying an over-stressed nervous system, a chiropractor has the ability to be able to deliver specific chiropractic adjustments to this system. The nervous system, comprised of the brain, spinal cord, and the spinal nerves, serve as the control center for body functions. Clusters of neurons located in the brainstem control and modulate both rate and rhythm of the heartbeat, which have a large impact on blood pressure. The specific adjustments using spinal vertebra as levers to correct the over-stimulation or under-stimulation of nerve centers allow the nervous system to achieve balance and proper function. If one nerve center or the other is impeded upon by pressure on the nervous system, the result will be abnormally high or low blood pressure.