Anxiety, High Blood Pressure, and Chiropractic

Researching Chiropractic: Anxiety and High Blood Pressure

Researching Chiropractic: Anxiety and High Blood Pressure

chiropractic-blood-pressure1Chiropractic clinical case histories have been a regular feature of our patient newsletter since its inception. There seem to be no limit to the health problems that respond to chiropractic care. How many people suffering, on drugs, facing a life of limitation could be helped by chiropractic care? Probably most of them. Here are a few stories about common medical conditions that chiropractic care can help with.

Anxiety and High Blood Pressure

The patient was a 60-year-old male with medically diagnosed anxiety and hypertension. A thorough history and exam were performed. Subluxations were determined through static and motion palpation, bilateral weight scales and posture analysis.

A medical doctor had evaluated him 15 years prior and diagnosed hypertension (170/110 mm Hg.) as the cause of his symptoms. He was prescribed 20mg of lisinopril and 10mg of hydrochlorothiazide per day.

He was also diagnosed with anxiety and was prescribed medications which included 150mg of Wellbutrin® and 10mg of Lexapro® per day.

When he entered the chiropractic office he had been on anxiety-reducing medications for over 20 years. Until five years earlier the patient had previously self-medicated with alcohol and drugs.

Subluxations were located and corrected at: C1 on the right, C4 and C5 on the left, C6 on the right and T2, T4, T12, L3 and sacrum on the left.

After six months of care, his blood pressure was 128/80 mmHg. His MD took him off all prescription medications for both anxiety and hypertension. The patient also noted his energy level and ability to function had improved. (1)

Placenta Previa and Breech Presentation

Chiropractic-Care-For-PregnancyThe patient was a 32-year-old in her 32nd week of pregnancy. Her midwife and obstetrician referred her for chirop ractic care after ultrasound imaging confirmed breech fetal positioning and placenta previa. The consensus by both birthing professionals was that vaginal birth was unlikely.

The patient was cared for with a combination of procedures including Webster Technique with successful outcomes. A later ultrasound showed that the fetus assumed a normal vertex position and the placenta moved more than 3 cm away from the opening of the cervix so there was no more placenta previa. (2)


fatigue-womanA 32-year old female suffering with extreme fatigue, pain, and depression due to fibromyalgia began chiropractic care. She had been ill for two years experiencing a rapid decline in health and vitality.

After a case history, physical examination and chiropractic evaluation it was determined that she had a subluxation of the C1 (atlas) vertebra.

The patient received chiropractic care, coming in for 41 visits over six months. She was adjusted eight times over the course of care and reported a complete resolution of her fibromyalgia and related symptoms. (3)


(1) Prater-Manor S, Clifton E, York, A. Resolution of anxiety & hypertension in a 60-year-old male following subluxation based chiropractic care: a case study & review of the literature. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. August 3, 2015;146-153.

(2)  Edwards J, Alcantara J. Successful clinical outcomes confirmed via ultrasound in a patient with placenta previa and breech fetal presentation with chiropractic care. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic.2014;1:3-9.

(3) Tedder N, Tedder A, Gorshack SJ. Resolution of chronic fibromyalgia and improved spinal curves following correction of an atlas subluxation: a case report & selective review of the literature. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research. July 13, 2015:24-29.

Darren Hart

Dr. Darren R. Hart was born and raised in Atascadero and received his education at Atascadero High School, Cal Poly, and Palmer College of Chiropractic. He was inspired to become a chiropractor after a life-saving chiropractic adjustment as a young child. He has been practicing in Atascadero for nearly 20 years. Through his gentle healing touch, Dr. Hart enjoys giving back to others what chiropractic gave to him.