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Resolution of Hypertension in a 72-Year-Old Male Following Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care: A Case Report & Selective Review of the Literature

Vanessa Van Dyke, B.Sc. (Biol), D.C., David Russell, B.Sc. (Psych), B.Sc. (Chiro), Joel Alcantara, D.C.

Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ November 12, 2015 ~ Pages 172-177


Objective: To report on the outcomes of a male patient who presented for chiropractic care with hypertension.

Clinical Features: 72-year-old male presented with a history of hypertension, arthritis, ringing/buzzing in the ears and numbness/burning in his shoulder. He was on blood pressure medication for one year prior to beginning chiropractic care. 


Intervention and Outcome: A specific technique protocol was adopted over a period of three months for the detection and correction of vertebral subluxation. Blood pressure was measured and decreased over the course of care. The four domains of health (physical state, emotional/mental state, stress and life enjoyment) were assessed using self-rated health/wellness (SRHW) surveys prior to care and a questionnaire regarding changes experienced since care was completed after three months. Static EMG and Thermal scanning were performed using the Insight surface EMG and thermal scanning technology with improvements noted. A decrease in blood pressure following the commencement of chiropractic care was reported. 

Conclusion: Decreased blood pressure and increased ease of physical activity were documented following chiropractic care in a patient with a history of medically treated hypertension.  

Keywords: Chiropractic, subluxation, adjustment, manipulation, hypertension, surface electromyography, thermal scanning, Torque Release Technique (TRT)