Hypertension - Rosa Family Chiropractic of Alexandria, VA
Research has revealed that chiropractic care is beneficial for hypertension. A chiropractic cervical adjustment, to the atlas, also known as, the first cervical vertebra, has demonstrated that elevated high blood pressure levels result in a decrease in the blood pressure reading. With the overwhelming abundant demands of our daily routines and schedules, life can be: very fast-paced, stressful and tedious. It is also vital to understand how the following categories contribute to development and management of hypertension: genetics, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the importance of a healthy diet and proper nutrition. It is also important to realize that uncontrolled and or poorly managed hypertension, can and may progress into congestive heart failure. Congestive heart failure occurs when the right side of the heart fails; which is often a consequence of left-sided heart failure, also known as hypertension. In the case of congestive heart failure, the patient may have the following presentation: swelling of both legs, difficulty breathing with exertion and by not being to sleep on their back.
At Rosa Family Chiropractic of Alexandria in Virginia, which is located at 5249 Duke Street Suite 301 Alexandria, VA 22304, chiropractor Dr. Jasmine Bradley will: record the patient’s vitals, document a thorough history, examine the patient to assess the spinal column and extremities. As a result, Dr. Bradley will evaluate and assess the patient to assess how well the body is functioning; this will also determine the best treatment plan for the patient.
According to Stedman’s Medical Dictionary for the Health Professionals, hypertension is defined as: persisting high arterial blood pressure; generally established guidelines are values exceeding 140mmHg over 90 mmHg. Hypertension is considered a risk factor for developing: heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. Some signs and symptoms, of developing hypertension, include dizziness and headache.
An evidence- based article in the American Journal of Medicine entitled, “Cardiovascular and Metabolic Hypertension” by M. A. Weber and D. H. Smith, et al of the University of California Irvine School of Medicine, Department of Medicine provide some characteristics of a hypertensive heart. Researchers have found that the left ventricle increases in muscle mass, but is independent of blood pressure. Another finding was a decrease in blood circulation of the arteries, before it presents as hypertension.
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), genetics shows that African- Americans, Native Americans and Hispanics are more prone than Caucasians, followed by Asians and Pacific Islanders, who are least likely to develop hypertension. Also, there have been more hypertensive hospitalizations in women than men.
Hypertension is a condition that can be reversed with incorporating healthy lifestyle changes. A diet with low sodium, is essential and works best when combined with exercises. The hypertensive person can also benefit by keeping stress levels low. Some relaxing activities include: yoga, reading a book and meditating. Another important factor is adopting a regular sleep cycle.
In the case of hypertension, Dr. Bradley of Rosa Family Chiropractic of Alexandria, will discuss the lifestyle changes that are required for a commitment, to become healthy. In addition, Dr. Bradley will discuss ways that the patient can maintain their chiropractic adjustment and learn how to be more mindful of the controlling hypertension.