EFFECTS OF CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT ON BLOOD PRESSURE AND ANXIETY: A RANDOMIZED, CONTROLLED TRIAL
 
   

Effects of Chiropractic Treatment on Blood Pressure
and Anxiety: A Randomized, Controlled Trial

This section is compiled by Frank M. Painter, D.C.
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FROM: J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1988 (Dec);   11 (6):   484488

Yates RG, Lamping DL, Abram NL, Wright C

Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College,
Toronto, Ontario


This study examined the effects of chiropractic adjustments of the thoracic spine (T1-T5) on blood pressure and state anxiety in 21 patients with elevated blood pressure. Subjects were randomly assigned to one of three treatment conditions: active treatment, placebo treatment, or no treatment control. The adjustments were performed by a mechanical chiropractic adjusting device. Dependent measures obtained pre- and post-treatment included systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and state anxiety. Results indicated that systolic and diastolic blood pressure decreased significantly in the active treatment condition, whereas no significant changes occurred in the placebo and control conditions. State anxiety significantly decreased in the active and control conditions. Results provide support for the hypothesis that blood pressure is reduced following chiropractic treatment. Further study is needed to examine the long-term effects of chiropractic treatment on blood pressure.


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