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 uptight world has us all stressed out, back pain
and neck pain creates worry, chronic pain anywhere stresses our
bodies, pushing blood pressure higher. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR presents
recent studies that demonstrate some potential promise of chiropractic and spinal
manipulation’s ability to positively 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 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 reported that spinal
manipulation before exercise elicited a shift
toward intensified parasympathetic system function resulting in impaired performance. (1) That is
not all bad in the clinical setting! The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR knows it is all
about when to apply
what type of care to get the best results. Parasympathetic
dominance to help reduce pain is good for athletes
who may suffer with back pain after their exercise.
CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM, HYPERTENSION, AND MANIPULATION
Manual therapies like Colorado Springs spinal manipulation
and mobilization at The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR are known for their
ability to treat, ease, 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 potentially quite critical.
Blood pressure control is complex, relying on the
autonomic nervous system for its regulation while genetics and physiology may
also influence it. Quite a few patients - 20-30%
of them - with blood pressure issues don’t respond to common
medications. Consequently, alternatives are being studied
like chiropractic spinal manipulation therapy. An evaluation of the
published literature found promising outcomes that
encourage more study. (2) A recent study found that
spinal manipulation and mobilization made 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 study. (3) More research is certainly needed. 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 focus on the top, systolic number, so spinal manipulation’s effect would be welcome if more studies continue to show such effect. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR 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 The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. James Cox on The Back
Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he
describes how the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain
Management may assist the autonomic system.
Schedule your next Colorado Springs
chiropractic appointment with The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR today.
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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