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Okay, so what is blood pressure? It is the pressure caused by your blood circulating against the walls of your blood vessels. Average blood pressure for an adult is about 120/80 mm Hg. So, what’s high blood pressure? Well, pretty much anything significantly higher than what is considered normal.

When a person’s blood pressure gets too high, it is called hyper-tension, and refers to blood pressure that is measured at 140/90 mm Hg or higher. There is often no way to tell if a person’s blood pressure is too high unless it is monitored, and often people do not monitor it as often as they should.

While hypertension may sneak up on a person without notice, there are signs you can watch for that will give evidence that perhaps you have high blood pressure. Here are some of the more common signs you should watch for:

Signs of High Blood Pressure

  • Headaches (Often in the morning, at the back of your head)
  • Light headedness
  • Vertigo
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
  • Altered vision
  • Fainting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nosebleeds

Upper Cervical Care and Your High Blood Pressure

If you are experiencing one of the above symptoms, don’t panic. While these may be symptoms of high blood pressure, they may also be evidence of something else, such as anxiety or whiplash. The worst thing you can do is take blood pressure medication. It may lower your blood pressure, but it will only cover the symptoms.

Of course, exercising and maintaining a healthy diet is always great, and it is always recommended to live a healthy life, but it’s always best to take care of the root cause of your hypertension. Your high blood pressure may be the result of a misalignment in your upper neck.

When your upper two vertebra are out of alignment, by even ½ MM, this makes it harder for your cerebral blood to flow and it can raise your blood pressure. An upper cervical specialist can examine you, to determine if an Atlas Subluxation may be the root cause of your high blood pressure

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Dr. Armen Manoucherian of Health Edge Family Spinal Care in Glendale, California is a Glendale Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). He has helped many children and adults find natural relief in Glendale, California. His upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of Pasadena, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Burbank. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on his website at