Blood pressure. Hypertension.
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 makes us worry, chronic pain anywhere stresses our
bodies, nudging blood pressure higher. Vancouver Disc Centers describes
recent studies that show some potential promise of chiropractic and spinal
manipulation’s ability to positively alter
SPINAL MANIPULATION AND THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
Spinal manipulation’s effect on the nervous system, specifically
its sympathetic (“fight or flight” reactionary part) and parasympathetic (“rest
and digest” calm part) functions of the autonomic nervous system,
is gaining awareness in the clinical
setting with normal clients as well as in the sport setting with athletes.
A study of using spinal manipulation versus a sham
treatment with recreational athletes revealed that spinal
manipulation before exercise triggered a shift
toward intensified parasympathetic system function giving
rise to diminished performance. (1) That’s
not all bad in the clinical setting! Vancouver Disc Centers 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
suffering with back pain after their exercise.
CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM, HYPERTENSION, AND MANIPULATION
Manual therapies like Vancouver spinal manipulation
and mobilization at Vancouver Disc Centers are recognized for their
ability to treat, reduce, and manage spinal pain related
conditions. As a side benefit, alterations
to the cardiovascular system have been documented. With hypertension
being the global health concern (and even cause of death) that
it is, such changes are possibly quite critical.
Blood pressure control is complex, relying on the
autonomic nervous system for its regulation while genetics and physiology may
also influence it. Quite a few 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. A review of the
published literature found promising outcomes that
inspire more study. (2) A recent study found that
spinal manipulation and mobilization made a statistically
significant reduction 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 reflects the pressure in the arteries when the heart
rests between beats (bottom number). Doctors commonly focus on the top, systolic number, so spinal manipulation’s effect would be welcome if more studies continue to record such effect. Vancouver Disc Centers 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 Vancouver Disc Centers
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 Vancouver
chiropractic appointment with Vancouver Disc Centers today.
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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