How Breathing Exercises could help Prevent High Blood Pressure

Discover how Essential Hypertension could be Prevented with Proper Breathing Exercises.

 

Essential Hypertension – the most common type of hypertension – accounts for 95 percent of people with high blood pressure. Fortunately, researchers at the University of Melbourne and Macquarie University have noted unusual activity between neurons controlling breathing and blood pressure during the developing stages of essential hypertension. These researchers believe that if caught early enough, essential hypertension might one day be prevented with proper breathing exercises.

 

What is Essential Hypertension?

A blood pressure cuff representing Essential Hypertension's effect on blood pressure.

High Blood pressure effects 30% of the population, and is a primary contributor to heart disease.

Essential Hypertension is high blood pressure that occurs without a known secondary cause. Additionally, effects 30% of the global population, and is a primary contributor to cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately there is no known cure for essential hypertension. However, the results discovered by Researcher Professor Andrew Allen may help prevent high blood pressure from developing in middle-aged adults.

 

How Breathing could Prevent High Blood Pressure

A woman practices yoga with a city in the backdrop, representing the practice of slowing your heart rate.

Regulating your breathing slows your heart rate and could prevent higher blood pressure.

Andrew Allen notes that research parallels what athletes and eastern philosophies have long understood between breathing and heart rate. Allen states that, “Biathletes have to regulate their breathing to slow down their heart rate before rifle shooting. Additionally, eastern meditative practices such as yoga and pranayama have always emphasized the interaction between the two.” These neurons represent a potential target for therapies to prevent hypertension from growing in the middle of an individual’s life. Professor Allen and his co-author, Clement Menuet agree that intervention should be done early, as the nervous system is plastic.

 

When Should Breathing Exercises Begin?

A woman taking a depth breath used to represent breathing exercises.

Breathing exercises should be practiced during an individual’s youth.

Research published by Cell Metabolism discovered altered activity between circuits of neurons that regulate breathing rates and the blood pressure becomes fixed. Additionally, any reductions in blood pressure from breathing adjustments appear to be temporary in adulthood. In the case of those tested during adolescence, “By interrupting the activity between these two groups of neurons during adolescence, we were able to dramatically reduce development of high blood pressure in adulthood,” says Allen. Altered neural activity leads to increased fluctuations in blood pressure with every breath. They are seen in young, healthy adults at risk of developing high blood pressure mid-life. This puts emphasis on the need to identify and treat those at risk of developing high blood pressure early. “By understanding what predictors of hypertension are easy to assess, we might be better placed to offer early treatment to pre-hypertensive patients,” concludes Professor Allen.

 

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How Holistic Chiropractic Care Cured a Patient with Epileptic Seizures

Learn how one woman went from having 2 seizures a week, to 0 seizures in 6 months.

As defined in 2016 by the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, Epilepsy is defined as, “a chronic neurological condition that is characterized by recurrent unprovoked epileptic seizures.” Sadly, 8 to 10 percent of the population is expected to experience a seizure at some time in their life, with 3 percent of the population developing epilepsy. With such devastating numbers and so few answers to this damaging chronic illness, many may find comfort in a recent case study performed on a 23 year old woman, who’s epileptic seizures went from two a week, to 0 in six months using Holistic Chiropractic Care.

 

Traditional Treatment of Seizures

Variety of pharmaceutical drugs used to represent the most common treatment of epileptic seizures.

Pharmaceutical Drugs continue to be the most common way to treat epileptic seizures.

 

Traditionally, epilepsy is treated using a variety of drugs. Unfortunately, 30 percent of patients treated using prescription drugs are not monitored, with dosages either being too low, or too high for many. If patients are given the proper dosage of pharmaceutical medication, few live without the unintended side-effects, ranging from anxiety, depression, migraines, allergies, etc. Given the drastic repercussions due to the use of pharmaceutical drugs, many have turned to alternative treatments of their epilepsy, in this case, Holistic Chiropractic Care.

 

About the Patient

A supporter holds the hand of a patient plagued with the side effects of epileptic seizures.

Supporter holds the hand of a patient suffering from epileptic seizures.

 

Here, we meet the woman from the case study, a 23 year old suffering from grand-mal seizures since turning 21 years of age. Since having her first seizure, this patient’s frequency increased from two a month to two a week. Additionally, her records informed us that within the first year of chronic seizures, she had lost approximately 50 pounds and suffered from severe fatigue, memory loss, allergies, anxiety and depression. To treat these symptoms, Doctors began prescribing medications for these side effects, all while still issuing a strong dose of epileptic medication. Unfortunately, the 21 year old woman continued to suffer at the hand of chronic seizures, averaging 2 per week, with no signs of improvement due to prescribed medicine.

 

Diagnosing the Problem

Animation of brain used as a representation for the treatment of seizures

Many seizures come from abnormal signals from the brain change the way the body functions.

To discover the source of these seizures, Doctors began a series of tests, including bothchiropractic and physical examinations. These tests included: spinal x-rays, palpation, and a postural analysis. From these examinations, Doctors were able to determine that the source of this woman’s Epileptic seizures stemmed from abnormal posture, chronic subluxations in the cervical, thoracic, and pelvic areas, and temporal lobe epilepsy.

 

Treating the Patient

Holistic Chiropractic Patient Care Stations with Poster

Holistic Chiropractic Care may be the answer to some, but not all persons living with seizures.

 

Upon discovery of these treatable ailments, Holistic Chiropractic Care began. At first, Doctors began with a visiting schedule of 3 times per week. This included adjustments specific to treating the patient’s posture, as well as chronic subluxations. Two months into her treatment and the patient noticed the disappearance of both her depression and anxiety. Even better, the 23 year old noted overall improvement and began taking herself off of her previously prescribed medications. With each month came continual improvement, until at her six month evaluation, where the patient was cured of herepilepsy, and freed of all medication.

 

Looking for ways to improve your overall wellness, physical, or mental health? Visit besimplywell.com to discover the benefits of Holistic Chiropractic Care from Dr. D’Anna and his team at Be simply Well Holistic Care.

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