Do you deal with high blood pressure, also known as hypertension? If you do, you’re not alone. Though, if you don’t know, it’s important that you understand what causes hypertension. A person’s blood pressure is the measurement of the force of their blood hitting the walls of blood vessels. High blood pressure occurs when that force becomes too great. In recent years, this occurrence has become so great among the U.S. population that hypertension is no longer considered an isolated incident. It has, in fact, become the number one cause of death in industrially developed countries. Though, while the issue of people living with high blood pressure become more prevalent in the U.S., people ignore this rising issue. Life expectancy continues to rise, but poor health practices lead to a rise in chronic degenerative diseases such as those listed below.

Hypertension Related Diseases

  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer

Hypertension Facts and Statistics

Just how rampant is this problem? Well, 76.4 million people aged 21 and older have high blood pressure. One in three Americans have high blood pressure. That means if 76.4 million people aged 21 and older suffer from hypertension, and the 1/3 of the U.S. population is about 105 million people, then 28.6 million people under the age of 21 suffer from high blood pressure.

Finding Relief from Hypertension

So, what is the answer to reducing this rising health risk in the United States? Well, the medical answer to the issue is the same as it always is. Take medicine. Upper Cervical Chiropractic has demonstrated that removing a person’s Atlas subluxation, which occurs when one or more of the bones in the upper neck in a person’s spine moves out of alignment, which reduces the amount of force by blood upon the walls of blood vessels.

According to studies conducted by the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations, a subluxation in the spine leads to nerve interference. Removing that subluxation leads to improvement of certain physiological conditions including high blood pressure.

Fortunately, an upper cervical chiropractor can examine your upper neck vertebrae for any misalignments in the top two vertebrae of your spine, which may be the underlying cause of your hypertension. They will focus on addressing the underlying cause of your hypertension by realigning your upper cervical spine, so blood can flow throughout your body properly.

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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