This year many people will be diagnosed with high blood pressure. It’s shocking because many of these same people have had a history of low blood pressure most of their lives and then all of a sudden it goes high and stays high.
Once you have been diagnosed it is likely that you will be put on blood pressure medication which you would have to take for the rest of your life. But these medications have side effects and often the dosages have to be increased periodically.
What causes high blood pressure and what can be done about it?
Early detection is key and here are some of the symptoms that lead up to blood pressure changes whether abnormally high or low. These symptoms are mild and most often passed off as just a consequence of aging, whether they occur occasionally or all the time these symptoms shouldn’t be ignored.
Floaters in your visual field. The blood vessels in the eyes are some of the smallest vessels in the human body and changes to the pressure inside these tiny vessels produce changes in the vision. This is a key indicator of changes to the blood pressure and one of the first symptoms.
Fullness feeling in the ears. This is the second indicator. Some will report experiencing a muffled sound in one or both ears. As if you are under water the sound is not as loud and can feel like you have a cotton ball jammed in your ear. This symptom can come and go and if ignored can lead to ringing in the ears which is worse at night and can interrupt your ability to sleep.
Adult acne on the face. This is a less common symptom but very aggravating for those who experience it. They may have had bad acne in their teenage years and never had it as an adult but now it comes back with vengeance and no amount of medicated cream gets rid of it.
Dizziness or difficulty with balance. This is common among those who will develop high blood pressure and it starts out gradually occurring mostly when the person gets up from a sitting or lying down position they feel slightly dizzy or off balance. This symptom can progressively worsen to the degree that they feel vertigo when they are not moving and the room just starts to spin as if they had too much alcohol but they haven’t had a drink.
Losing consciousness. This is definitely the most frightening symptom and it can occur once and not again for years afterward. People assume that it happened because they were over heated or dehydrated, especially here in Florida but this isn’t the reason.
A prior injury to the skull is likely the cause of such symptoms. The brain stem which controls respiratory, heart rate and blood pressure is located at the base of the skull and if the head was hit even years ago it causes pressure to build up over the years which interferes with the function of the brain stem and can cause high or low blood pressure.
The reason this occurs is because gravity keeps pulling you towards the center of the earth and if your skull is misaligned on the top part of your neck brain stem function is altered.
The skull is one of the most important areas of the body because your brain lives there. Years after you experience a head trauma you will begin to have symptoms related to this event. Recently more studies have been done regarding concussions and concussive forces to the head. A whole complex of problems go along with such head traumas including loss of memory and decreased mental acuity and lack of motivation.
Contrary to popular belief high blood pressure isn’t a consequence of eating too much salt or the consumption of salty foods because those who cut salt completely out of their diet still have high blood pressure. And everyone who consumes salt or high salt foods doesn’t have high blood pressure.
How to know if you need your skull adjusted.
There are a few classic indicators that your skull has been misaligned or injured and may need to be put moved in order to decrease pressure on the brain stem. If you experience any of the symptoms listed in this article then you should get it checked out by a Chiropractic Physician who is familiar with correcting a misaligned skull. Neck adjustments alone will not resolve such a problem because it is related directly to the skull.
- Floaters in your visual field.
- Fullness feeling or muffled sound in the ears.
- Dizziness or difficulty with balance (vertigo).
- Losing consciousness, even if it happened only one time.
- Loss of memory, decreased mental acuity and/or lack of motivation.
- Changes to the skin on the head, adult acne on the face, hair loss on the scalp.
So what if you said yes to many of these points listed above. What can you do about it?
First you have to consult with a Chiropractor who is familiar with head injuries. Just call and ask them if they align skulls. This is very important because many Chiropractors don’t focus on the skull and can miss this area thinking that the patient is suffering from a neck misalignment problem, but that isn’t the exact problem region. And these Chiropractors will spend much of their efforts adjusting the neck and totally neglect the skull which ultimately won’t fix your problem.
Once you find a Chiropractor who addresses the skull misalignment then you can begin to handle the root cause of your symptoms. The Chiropractor should take the time necessary to find out exactly what happened that misaligned the skull to begin with, this is critical because if you don’t know when it happened, you won’t know how long it’s been misaligned. Longer term misalignments may take longer to fix depending on how long it’s been that way. The Chiropractor should take an x-Ray of your neck and include the top part of the skull, in this way the relationship between the skull and how it sits on the top part of the neck can be evaluated. With this imaging it can be determined how severe the misalignment is and what the best approach is to fixing it.