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 stressed out, back pain
and neck pain creates worry, chronic pain anywhere stresses our
bodies, nudging blood pressure higher. Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries describes
recent studies that demonstrate some potential promise of chiropractic and spinal
manipulation’s ability to beneficially affect
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) functions 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 utilizing spinal manipulation versus a sham
treatment with recreational athletes found that spinal
manipulation before exercise elicited a shift
toward intensified parasympathetic system function giving
rise to diminished performance. (1) That is
not all bad in the clinical setting! Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries knows it’s all
about when to apply
what type of care to get the best results. Parasympathetic
dominance to enhance pain reduction is good for athletes
who may suffer with back pain after their exercise.
CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM, HYPERTENSION, AND MANIPULATION
Manual therapies like Manchester spinal manipulation
and mobilization at Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries are recognized for their
ability to treat, reduce, and manage spinal pain related
conditions. As a bonus benefit, changes
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 critical.
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 do not respond to usual
medications. Consequently, alternatives are being studied
like chiropractic spinal manipulation therapy. An evaluation of the
published literature discovered promising results that
encourage more study. (2) A newer study found that
spinal manipulation and mobilization had a statistically
significant reduction 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 most definitely needed. Systolic blood pressure reflects
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. Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries 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 Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. James Cox on The Back
Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he
explains how the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain
Management may assist the autonomic system.
Schedule your next Manchester
chiropractic appointment with Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries soon.
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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