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PCCR begins study on chiropractic and high blood pressure

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A clinical research study with the potential for significant impact on the treatment of hypertension began in November at the clinic facility of the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR) on Palmer’s Davenport Campus. The new collaborative study on chiropractic and high blood pressure, called Chiropractic for Hypertension in Patients (CHiP), involves the PCCR, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami, Fla., and Trinity at Terrace Park Family Practice, Bettendorf, Iowa. The 165 participants from the Quad-City community must have high blood pressure and be between 21 and 75 years of age.

This new study is one of three projects that are part of a fouryear, $2.8 million grant to the PCCR from the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Awarded to Principal Investigator and Vice Chancellor for Research and Health Policy Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., last year, the grant established a multidisciplinary Developmental Center for Clinical and Translational Science in Chiropractic at Palmer College. Chiropractic treatments include NUCCA (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association) and Toggle Recoil.

“Although many medical treatments for diagnosed hypertension are available, only about 30 percent of the more than 50 million Americans with hypertension achieve blood pressure goals,” said Dr. Goertz. “Many patients report that they’re unable to tolerate medication side effects and find it difficult to sustain significant lifestyle changes. Thus, a non-pharmacological therapy that lowers blood pressure could become an attractive option to many patients and their physicians.”

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