Blood pressure. Hypertension.
It’s 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 stressed out, back pain
and neck pain makes us worry, chronic pain anywhere stresses our
bodies, nudging blood pressure higher. Apple Country Chiropractic shares
recent studies that show some potential promise of chiropractic and spinal
manipulation’s being able to positively change
SPINAL MANIPULATION AND THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
Spinal manipulation’s effect on the nervous system, specifically
its sympathetic (“fight or flight” reactionary part) and parasympathetic (“rest
and digest” calm part) parts of the autonomic nervous system,
is garnering attention in the clinical
setting with normal clients as well as in the sport setting with athletes.
A study of delivering spinal manipulation versus a sham
treatment with recreational athletes found that spinal
manipulation before exercise triggered a shift
toward intensified parasympathetic system function giving
rise to impaired performance. (1) That’s
not all bad in the clinical setting! Apple Country Chiropractic knows it’s all
about when to apply
what type of care to get the optimal results. Parasympathetic
dominance to enhance pain reduction is good for athletes
who may suffer with back pain after their events.
CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM, HYPERTENSION, AND MANIPULATION
Manual therapies like Williamson spinal manipulation
and mobilization at Apple Country Chiropractic are recognized for their
ability to treat, ease, and manage spinal pain related
conditions. As a side benefit, alterations
to the cardiovascular system have been documented. With hypertension
being the global health concern (and even reason for death) that
it is, such changes are possibly quite important.
Blood pressure control is complex, counting on the
autonomic nervous system for its regulation while genetics and physiology may
also play a role. Some patients - 20-30%
of them - with blood pressure issues don’t respond to usual
medications. Therefore, alternatives are being considered
like chiropractic spinal manipulation therapy. An evaluation of the
published literature found promising results that
encourage more study. (2) A recent study found that
spinal manipulation and mobilization produced 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 setting. (3) More research is certainly called for. Systolic blood pressure reveals
the force on the blood vessels when the heart beats (top number) while
diastolic reflects the pressure in the arteries when the heart
rests between beats (bottom number). Doctors commonly focus on the top, systolic number, so spinal manipulation’s effect would be welcome if more studies continue to show such effect. Apple Country Chiropractic offers gentle spinal manipulation treatment via the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. It’s research-documented and effective for reducing back and neck pain.
CONTACT Apple Country Chiropractic
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 Williamson
chiropractic appointment with Apple Country Chiropractic now.
Hypertension may well meet its match - or at least back down a bit - with chiropractic
spinal manipulation! Let us figure it out together.
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