Blood pressure. Hypertension.
It’s a subject among friends and family members and
patient/physician interactions even in yoga classes and via meditation apps.
Our uptight world has us all stressed out, back pain
and neck pain makes us worry, chronic pain anywhere stresses our
bodies, nudging blood pressure higher. Back And Neck Care Center shares
new studies that demonstrate some potential promise of chiropractic and spinal
manipulation’s being able to positively alter
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 attention in the clinical
setting with normal clients as well as in the sport setting with athletes.
A study of using spinal manipulation versus a sham
treatment with recreational athletes reported that spinal
manipulation before exercise triggered a shift
toward enhanced parasympathetic system function resulting in impaired performance. (1) That’s
not all bad in the clinical setting! Back And Neck Care Center knows it is all
about delivering the right type of treatment at the right time to get the optimal outcomes. 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 Severna Park spinal manipulation
and mobilization at Back And Neck Care Center are recognized for their
ability to treat, reduce, and handle spinal pain related
conditions. As a bonus benefit, alterations
to the cardiovascular system have been noted. With hypertension
being the global health concern (and even cause of death) that
it is, such changes are possibly quite important.
Blood pressure control is complex, depending 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 usual
medications. Consequently, alternatives are being studied
like chiropractic spinal manipulation therapy. An evaluation of the
published literature found promising results that
inspire more study. (2) A recent study found that
spinal manipulation and mobilization had 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 most often focus on the top, systolic number, so spinal manipulation’s effect would be appreciated if more studies continue to show such effect. Back And Neck Care Center 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 Back And Neck Care Center
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 Severna Park
chiropractic appointment with Back And Neck Care Center today.
Hypertension may well meet its match - or at least back down a bit - with chiropractic
spinal manipulation! Let’s find out together.
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