Hypertension. Blood Pressure.
It is 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 wound up, back pain
and neck pain makes us worry, chronic pain anywhere stresses our
bodies, pushing blood pressure higher. Manahawkin Chiropractic Center describes
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, particularly
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 and in the sport setting with athletes.
A study of using spinal manipulation versus a sham
treatment with recreational athletes found that spinal
manipulation before exercise triggered a shift
toward heightened parasympathetic system function resulting in diminished performance. (1) That’s
not all bad in the clinical setting! Manahawkin Chiropractic Center knows it’s all
about delivering the right type of treatment at the right time 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 Manahawkin spinal manipulation
and mobilization at Manahawkin Chiropractic Center are recognized for their
ability to treat, reduce, and handle spinal pain related
conditions. As a side benefit, changes
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 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 common
medications. Therefore, alternatives are being studied
like chiropractic spinal manipulation therapy. An evaluation of the
published literature discovered promising results that
encourage more study. (2) A recent study found that
spinal manipulation and mobilization made 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 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 pay
more attention to the top, systolic number, so spinal manipulation’s effect would be appreciated if more studies continue to show such effect. Manahawkin 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
describes how the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain
Management may assist the autonomic system.
Schedule your next Manahawkin
chiropractic appointment with Manahawkin Chiropractic Center now.
Hypertension may well meet its match - or at least back down a bit - with chiropractic
spinal manipulation! Let us find out together.
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