Hypertension. Blood Pressure.
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. Palmer Chiropractic Center shares
new studies that show some potential promise of chiropractic and spinal
manipulation’s being able to beneficially 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) parts of the autonomic nervous system,
is garnering awareness in the clinical
setting with normal clients and 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 prompted a shift
toward enhanced parasympathetic system function resulting in diminished performance. (1) That is
not all bad in the clinical setting! Palmer Chiropractic Center knows it’s all
about when to apply
what type of care to get the optimal results. 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 Lynchburg spinal manipulation
and mobilization at Palmer Chiropractic Center are recognized for their
ability to treat, ease, and manage spinal pain related
conditions. As a bonus benefit, changes
to the cardiovascular system have been noted. 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, 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 considered
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 effected 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 most definitely 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. Palmer Chiropractic 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 Palmer Chiropractic Center
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 Lynchburg
chiropractic appointment with Palmer Chiropractic Center today.
Hypertension may well meet its match - or at least back down a bit - with chiropractic
spinal manipulation! Let’s figure it out together.
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