Hypertension. Blood Pressure.
It’s a subject 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. Johnson Chiropractic shares
new studies that show some potential promise of chiropractic and spinal
manipulation’s being able to positively 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) functions of the autonomic nervous system,
is gaining attention 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 sparked a shift
toward heightened parasympathetic system function resulting in impaired performance. (1) That is
not all bad in the clinical setting! Johnson Chiropractic knows it’s all
about delivering the right type of treatment at the right time to get the best outcomes. Parasympathetic
dominance to enhance pain reduction is good for athletes
who experience back pain after their events.
CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM, HYPERTENSION, AND MANIPULATION
Manual therapies like Richmond spinal manipulation
and mobilization at Johnson Chiropractic are known 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 potentially quite critical.
Blood pressure control is complex, depending 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 common
medications. Therefore, alternatives are being considered
like chiropractic spinal manipulation therapy. An evaluation of the
published literature discovered promising results that
inspire more study. (2) A recent study found that
spinal manipulation and mobilization had 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 setting. (3) More research is certainly needed. Systolic blood pressure reflects
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 focus on the top, systolic number, so spinal manipulation’s effect would be appreciated if more studies continue to show such effect. Johnson Chiropractic offers gentle spinal manipulation treatment via the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. It’s research-documented and efficacious for reducing back and neck pain.
CONTACT Johnson Chiropractic
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.
Make your next Richmond
chiropractic appointment with Johnson Chiropractic 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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