Possible Eugene Chiropractic Benefits for Hypertension

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 tense world has us all stressed out, back pain and neck pain makes us worry, chronic pain anywhere stresses our bodies, nudging blood pressure higher. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic describes new studies that demonstrate some potential promise of chiropractic and spinal manipulation’s ability to beneficially affect blood pressure.


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 delivering spinal manipulation versus a sham treatment with recreational athletes found that spinal manipulation before exercise sparked a shift toward enhanced parasympathetic system function resulting in diminished performance. (1) That is not all bad in the clinical setting! Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic knows it is all about when to apply what type of care to get the optimal outcomes. Parasympathetic dominance to help reduce pain is good for athletes who may suffer with back pain after their events.  


Manual therapies like Eugene spinal manipulation and mobilization at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic are known 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 reason for 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. Some patients - 20-30% of them - with blood pressure issues do not respond to common medications. Consequently, alternatives are being studied like chiropractic spinal manipulation therapy. An evaluation of the published literature discovered promising outcomes that inspire 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 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 welcome if more studies continue to record such effect.   Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic 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.                          

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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 Eugene chiropractic appointment with Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic now. Hypertension may well meet its match - or at least back down a bit - with chiropractic spinal manipulation! Let’s find out together. 

Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic shares new research favoring chiropractic spinal manipulation’s potential benefit for addressing blood pressure issues.
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