Blood pressure. Hypertension.
It is a topic among friends and family members and
patient/physician interactions even in yoga classes and via meditation apps.
Our tense world has us all wound up, back pain
and neck pain makes us worry, chronic pain anywhere stresses our
bodies, nudging blood pressure higher. Minster Chiropractic Center shares
new studies that show some potential promise of chiropractic and spinal
manipulation’s ability to beneficially change
SPINAL MANIPULATION AND THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
Spinal manipulation’s effect on the nervous system, particularly
its sympathetic (“fight or flight” reactionary part) and parasympathetic (“rest
and digest” calm part) parts of the autonomic nervous system,
is gaining notice in the clinical
setting with normal clients as well as in the sport setting with athletes.
A study of utilizing spinal manipulation versus a sham
treatment with recreational athletes found that spinal
manipulation before exercise triggered a shift
toward heightened parasympathetic system function giving
rise to diminished performance. (1) That is
not all bad in the clinical setting! Minster Chiropractic Center knows it is all
about delivering the right type of treatment at the right time to get the best results. Parasympathetic
dominance to help reduce pain is good for athletes
who experience back pain after their exercise.
CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM, HYPERTENSION, AND MANIPULATION
Manual therapies like Minster spinal manipulation
and mobilization at Minster Chiropractic Center are recognized for their
ability to treat, ease, and manage spinal pain related
conditions. As an additional benefit, alterations
to the cardiovascular system have been noted. With hypertension
being the global health concern (and even reason for death) that
it is, such changes are potentially quite critical.
Blood pressure control is complex, counting on the
autonomic nervous system for its regulation while genetics and physiology may
also play a role. Quite a few patients - 20-30%
of them - with blood pressure issues do not respond to traditional
medications. Consequently, alternatives are being studied
like chiropractic spinal manipulation therapy. A review of the
published literature found promising results that
encourage more study. (2) A recent study found that
spinal manipulation and mobilization effected a statistically
significant decrease in systolic blood pressure as well as diastolic
blood pressure and heart rate variability though these were statistically
non-significant in this study. (3) More research is most definitely called for. Systolic blood pressure reveals
the force on the blood vessels when the heart beats (top number) while
diastolic reveals the pressure in the arteries when the heart
rests between beats (bottom number). Doctors most often pay
more attention to the top, systolic number, so spinal manipulation’s effect would be welcome if more studies continue to show such effect. Minster Chiropractic Center offers gentle spinal manipulation treatment via the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. Its is research-documented and efficacious for reducing back and neck pain.
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Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. James Cox on The Back
Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he
illustrates how the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain
Management may assist the autonomic system.
Schedule your next Minster
chiropractic appointment with Minster Chiropractic Center soon.
Hypertension may well meet its match - or at least back down a bit - with chiropractic
spinal manipulation! Let’s figure it out together.
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