High Blood Pressure Anxiety And Stress

High Blood Pressure Anxiety And Stress


hello I’m Dr. Ekberg and today we’re
going to talk a little bit about hypertension also known as high blood
pressure what a lot of people don’t realize is that blood pressure is a
normal physiological variable it’s not a disease that happens to you it’s just
something that the body regulates up and down all the time if you’re sitting down
and you’re standing up then your body has to raise your blood pressure has to
constrict those blood vessels and the heart has to pump a little harder so
that you don’t faint there’s all kinds of different things that’s going to make
your blood pressure change so high blood pressure or low blood pressure is not
the issue the issue is why would it get stuck in in the high blood pressure
state so anytime that you have stress if you walk up some stairs or if you’re
tense or if you have a grizzly bear come running after you any of those states of
stress is going to increase your blood pressure because your body is going to
need that blood pressure to drive the blood around and make you work harder
the problem then is not that the blood pressure goes up the problem is that it
stays up why does your body think that you’re still in a state of stress and
that’s the real problem so we have to understand a little bit about how the
brain works so in your body we’re going to simplify tremendously here and we’re
going to call this the brain the cortex the left and right side of the cortex
and down below we’re going to have the brain stem and the part where you
respond to stress we call the sympathetic nervous system so whenever
there is a stress out side somewhere in the world or something that your body
interprets as stress that stress is going to send a signal and that will
first be picked up by your sympathetic nervous system which creates a stress
response and that response results in a increased blood pressure so that you can
fight the bear or deal with whatever is going on but your body responds to this
the same way to any kind of stress so it doesn’t matter if it’s a grizzly bear or
traffic or bills or politics or war if your body perceives stress it will
increase that blood pressure to get you ready for the fight and in order for you
to have resources available for that fight the sympathetic will inhibit will
turn off the parasympathetic or feed breed and what that simply means is
there’s only so many resources in your body so you can’t fight the outside and
take care of the inside at the same time you have to pick one now how do we get
how do we stop this why do people get stuck in this high blood pressure state
it’s because the cortex is wired and designed to inhibit to stop that stress
response and bring the blood pressure back down but that’s the mechanism that
isn’t working that’s when we get stuck so how do we increase the activity of
the cortex so that we can bring the blood pressure down so we can increase
that inhibition the single best way is called exercise because when you
exercise you fire off receptors in the body and the place where there’s more
receptors than anywhere else in your body is called the spine Nobel Prize
winner Roger Sperry says ninety percent of the stimulation to the brain the
stimulation that keeps the brain alive comes from the spine so when you
exercise and move the spine you’re sending powerful signals to the brain
that will increase the activity of the cortex and inhibit that stress response
and help the body bring back that relaxed state so in addition to exercise
this is why we want chiropractic adjustments because if
there’s some distortion or some problem with the movement in the spine then that
exercise signal is not going to be all it could be the adjustment in itself is
a very powerful signal to the cortex which will help inhibit that stress
response that is why chiropractic can help not only with various kinds of pain
but also with stress related symptoms such as blood pressure and high
cholesterol and chronic pain and things like that it is not a pinched nerve it
is an autonomic nervous system imbalance to find out more give us a call visit
our website or come to one of our seminars where we talk more about how
the body really works and what are all the different things that you can do to
improve that function thank you very much