In this health video learn how a trip to the chiropractor could get you off your blood pressure medication.
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Jennifer Mathews: Chiropractor Marshall Dickholtz, has been fixing spines for 50 years. Dr. Marshall Dickholtz: Helping sick people is the most wonderful thing you possibly can do in life. I've dedicated my life to it. Jennifer Mathews: He works solely on the vital top bone of the spine at the base of the brain, called the atlas. Dr. Marshall Dickholtz: Think about it. If your neck is not balancing your head, it's like blowing a fuse. Your wonderful brain does not control your body as well. Jennifer Mathews: Dickholtz says, "A misaligned atlas will raise blood pressure." Dr. Marshall Dickholtz: When you have a pinched brain stem, it closes out your arteries. If the arteries close down, the blood pressure has to be higher to go through those arteries. Jennifer Mathews: This machine checks alignment. After taking detailed X-rays and precise measurements, he demonstrates how he does the adjustment. You can see the difference. A study by University of Chicago Doctors shows the treatment lowers blood pressure by 17 points. After her alignment 80-year-old Maribeth Zickert is now off the blood pressure drug, she is taken from more than 5 years. Maribeth Zickert: At my age, to be on no medication is almost a miracle I think. Jennifer Mathews: Denise Neimann had a high blood pressure too. Before her adjustment her pressure was 144/98. Denise Neimann: After one treatment, my blood pressure was 115/76. Dr. Marshall Dickholtz: In our high blood pressure research, the average age was 53 and they had 40 years of damage in their spine that could have been taken care of years before and maybe never had high blood pressure. Jennifer Mathews: To get the same effect, doctors say, you'd have to take two blood pressure drugs. This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.