Can a neck adjustment affect blood pressure?

Can a neck adjustment affect blood pressure?

Reduction in Arterial Blood Pressure Following Adjustment of Atlas to Correct Vertebral Subluxation: A Prospective Longitudinal Cohort Study

Scott Torns, DC. (Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ August 11, 2014 ~ Pages 54-60)


This study was performed to examine the long term effect upper cervical chiropractic care has on arterial blood pressure.

Twenty participants were computer randomized into a placebo-control group and a therapeutic group. All were examined for the presence of Atlas subluxation.

The therapeutic group received an atlas adjustment to correct the subluxation.

Blood pressure values were recorded for each participant. Subsequent measures were again recorded at one week, two weeks, four weeks and six weeks after intervention.

The therapeutic group by chiropractic adjustment demonstrated significant lowering of both their systolic and diastolic values.

There were no statistically significant differences detected in the placebo group.

This investigation provides further evidence connecting upper cervical chiropractic care and blood pressure regulation. While the exact mechanism remains in question, data suggests an appropriate dose may be one upper cervical chiropractic visit per month for patients that suffer from high blood pressure.