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
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 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.
CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM, HYPERTENSION, AND MANIPULATION
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.
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