If you went to your physician recently, he or she may have told you that you have high blood pressure. Chances are your doctor gave you a prescription and possibly a list of foods and exercises to help reduce your blood pressure. Diet and exercise changes are important however there are many times when the cause of your high blood pressure cannot be addressed through diet and exercise changes. And unfortunately prescription medications all have side effects and do not address the underlying cause of the hypertension but only artificially decrease blood pressure temporarily. Your high blood pressure may be due to a miscommunication between your brainstem and your body.

Neck InjuriesAccording to research done at the University of Leeds, UK, there is a neural connection between certain neck muscles and part of the brain stem called the Nucleus Tractus Solitarius. This part of your brain stem regulates your heart rate and blood pressure.

HypertensionWhen your CI Atlas Vertebra, which is the uppermost vertebra in your spine, is out of alignment this affects the circulation of your brainstem and your blood pressure. A NUCCA chiropractor focuses on the alignment of the upper neck vertebrae and how that impacts the rest of your spine, brainstem and the overall function of your body.

To put this information into perspective, your C1 Atlas Vertebra and your Nucleus Tractus Solitarius are adjacent to each other. So, if your CI Atlas Vertebra is not in alignment due to an injury to your head neck or spine this could affect the function of your Nucleus Tractus Solitarius within the brain stem. Problems in this area could affect the function of your heart, thus leading to high blood pressure.

While it is important to listen to your physician’s dietary and exercise plan, it is also important to understand that your high blood pressure may be because of the misalignment of your neck and spine. The misalignment of your spine causes pressure on nerves that they are not intended to sustain. If you have a history of head and neck injuries months, years or even decades before developing high blood pressure you should have your upper neck thoroughly evaluated by an upper cervical specialist as soon as possible.

Whether you suffered a mild traumatic brain injury or not, if you suffer from any of the above symptoms, or you think you might have Fibromyalgia, you do not need to continue suffering.



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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 www.healthedgela.com.