Blood pressure. Hypertension.
It’s 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 wound up, back pain
and neck pain creates worry, chronic pain anywhere stresses our
bodies, nudging blood pressure higher. Pflugerville Wellness Center describes
new studies that demonstrate some potential promise of chiropractic and spinal
manipulation’s ability to beneficially change
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 notice 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 reported that spinal
manipulation before exercise triggered a shift
toward heightened parasympathetic system function giving
rise to impaired performance. (1) That is
not all bad in the clinical setting! Pflugerville Wellness Center knows it’s all
about when to apply
what type of care to get the best outcomes. 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 Pflugerville spinal manipulation
and mobilization at Pflugerville Wellness Center are recognized for their
ability to treat, ease, and manage spinal pain related
conditions. As an additional 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 possibly quite important.
Blood pressure control is complex, depending on the
autonomic nervous system for its regulation while genetics and physiology may
also influence it. Some patients - 20-30%
of them - with blood pressure issues do not respond to traditional
medications. Consequently, alternatives are being considered
like chiropractic spinal manipulation therapy. A review of the
published literature found promising results that
inspire more study. (2) A recent 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 certainly needed. 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 usually pay
more attention to the top, systolic number, so spinal manipulation’s effect would be welcome if more studies continue to confirm such effect. Pflugerville Wellness 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.
CONTACT Pflugerville Wellness Center
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.
Make your next Pflugerville
chiropractic appointment with Pflugerville Wellness Center soon.
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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