Aligning Wellness: The Untapped Power of Upper Cervical Chiropractic in High Blood Pressure Management

Dr. Brett Berner
4 min readJan 30, 2024
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In the United States, around one out of every three adults have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. According to information from the CDC, it’s alarming to learn that just over half of these individuals have their high blood pressure effectively managed. This contributes to heart disease and strokes being major causes of death in the country. So, how can you protect yourself and discover a natural way to treat high blood pressure?

Let’s explore a study that delves into a specific chiropractic adjustment known as an atlas vertebra realignment. This realignment has been found to be as effective as taking two different blood pressure medications in bringing this serious issue under control. Let’s delve into the natural methods for alleviating hypertension.

The upper cervical chiropractic research on hypertension

In 2007, a study conducted in Chicago, Illinois should have received more attention, especially for those looking for a natural way to lower high blood pressure (except maybe not so much for pharmaceutical companies). In case you missed it, here’s a summary of the key points.

The study involved 25 patients who were in the early stages of high blood pressure. They underwent a type of chiropractic care called upper cervical chiropractic, which focuses on the top two bones of the spine. To ensure accuracy, modern imaging techniques and X-rays were used to take precise measurements. The adjustments made on the C1 and C2 vertebrae were so gentle that another 25 patients could be part of a control group for comparison.

The interesting findings

The research lasted for 8 weeks, focusing on 50 patients. Those who got the real treatment experienced a significant average decrease of 14 points in the top blood pressure number (systolic) and 8 points in the bottom number (diastolic) compared to the placebo group. It’s important to mention that none of the participants were using any hypertension medication during the study.

Even the doctors leading the research were surprised by how much the patients benefited. Interestingly, the study wasn’t initially planned; it happened somewhat accidentally. The main researcher observed a reduction or even elimination of blood pressure medication after chiropractic care, prompting further investigation. Remarkably, when the study was replicated in a controlled environment, it confirmed the positive results.

How the atlas vertebrae affect blood pressure

You might be wondering: How does the positioning of the top bone in your spine, known as the atlas, impact blood pressure? Well, there are a couple of things to consider.

Firstly, the atlas protects the brainstem, which is crucial for transmitting electrical signals throughout the body. If the atlas is misaligned and puts pressure on the brainstem, it can cause various bodily functions to go haywire, including blood pressure.

Secondly, the alignment of the neck bones (cervical spine) can affect blood flow to the brain. Each of these bones has small loops called vertebral foramen, through which vertebral arteries pass on their way to the brain. So, a misalignment can impact both the nervous system and blood circulation.

It’s not just theoretical; there’s practical evidence. For instance, an upper cervical chiropractor shared a case study about a 57-year-old man dealing with hypertension for five years. After 16 adjustments, he was able to stop taking his blood pressure medication. This suggests that correcting the alignment of the spine can have positive effects on blood pressure.

Why don’t conventional healthcare providers recommend upper cervical care for high blood pressure?

Here’s another intriguing question: Could the annual expenditure of 37 billion dollars on blood pressure treatments be a contributing factor? Upper cervical chiropractic stands apart from conventional pills, as it doesn’t require daily usage. Once the atlas stabilizes independently, weekly adjustments become unnecessary. The healthcare industry in the United States favors lucrative pharmaceuticals, often sidelining natural and cost-effective alternatives. However, research indicates that upper cervical chiropractic is genuinely effective.

We encourage those grappling with high blood pressure to explore upper cervical chiropractic. It is essential to exercise caution and not abruptly discontinue medication without professional guidance. Nonetheless, experimenting with this natural approach might reveal positive results at your next physical examination. You could discover a reduced reliance on hypertension medication or even transition to a lower dosage, minimizing potential side effects.

For further insights into upper cervical chiropractic care and its natural approach to addressing hypertension, reach out to a practitioner in your vicinity. An upper cervical examination might be your initial step towards regaining control over your blood pressure in a safe and natural manner.


Dr. Berner does not diagnose, treat, or prevent any medical diseases or conditions; instead, he analyzes and corrects the structure of his patients with Foundational Corrections to improve their overall quality of life. He works with their physicians, who regulate their medications. This blog post is not designed to provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, treatment, or services to you or any other individual. The information provided in this post or through linkages to other sites is not a substitute for medical or professional care. You should not use the information in place of a visit, consultation, or the advice of your physician or another healthcare provider. Foundation Chiropractic and Dr. Brett Berner are not liable or responsible for any advice, the course of treatment, diagnosis, or any other information, services, or products you obtain through this article or others.



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