How Chiropractic Adjustments and Applied Kinesiology Can Improve Blood Pressure

Hypertension (or high blood pressure) is a common condition that afflicts nearly half of American adults according to People are continually exploring various treatments to control blood pressure and preserve their overall health, and one approach that has shown significant potential is chiropractic care.

Chiropractic therapy is a non-invasive, natural approach primarily used to relieve musculoskeletal pain. However, research shows a promising link between chiropractic adjustments and improvements in blood pressure.

A Look into the Research

One study, published in the Human Journal of Hypertension, found that a specific chiropractic adjustment, known as the Atlas adjustment, can significantly reduce high blood pressure. This adjustment targets the Atlas vertebra- the bone at the very top of the spine that supports the head.

The researchers found that the participants who received Atlas adjustments experienced a decrease in blood pressure similar to taking two blood-pressure medications at once. Furthermore, these improvements persisted for eight weeks after treatment, indicating a lasting benefit.

Another groundbreaking study discovered that the physiological adjustments resulting from chiropractic care did not only reduce the systolic blood pressure but also contributed significantly towards lowering the diastolic blood pressure. This highlights the overall impact of chiropractic care on enhancing cardiovascular health.

Applied Kinesiology and Blood Pressure

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a form of diagnosis using muscle testing to examine how a person's body is functioning. When properly applied, the outcome of an AK diagnosis will help guide treatment plans for patients.

Through specific muscle testing, chiropractors can identify imbalances in the body's structure, chemical makeup, and emotional state. Once these imbalances are corrected, it can lead to substantial improvements in various health conditions, including high blood pressure.

Dr. John Phelts, a chiropractor and functional medicine practitioner based in New York, NYC combines his expertise in these fields with his skills in Applied Kinesiology to offer a unique, well-rounded treatment approach for his patients.

Dr. Phelts customizes his approach based on each patient's specific needs and has seen significant success in treating people who have high blood pressure. The combination of these modalities offers a noteworthy natural alternative or supplement to traditional medical treatment for high blood pressure.


Chiropractic adjustments, particularly when combined with methods like Applied Kinesiology and functional medicine, can offer significant benefits for individuals tackling high blood pressure. While additional research is crucial, initial results are promising and suggest that such alternative treatments could play an essential role in managing cardiovascular health.

The personalized treatment plan allows patients to improve their health through natural, non-invasive methods. For those struggling with blood pressure issues, chiropractic care presents a research-backed and potentially effective treatment option.


  • Bakris, G., Dickholtz Sr, M., Meyer, P. M., Kravitz, G., Avery, E., Miller, M., ... & Bell, Y. (2007). Atlas vertebra realignment and achievement of arterial pressure goal in hypertensive patients: a pilot study. The Journal of Human Hypertension. Link

  • Yates RG, Lamping DL, Abram NL, Wright C. Effects of chiropractic treatment on blood pressure and anxiety: a randomized, controlled trial. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1988 Dec;11(6):484-8. PMID: 3075649. Link

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October 18, 2023