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Johnson Chiropractic Offers Treatment with Relaxing Effects

Where does your stress settle? Neck? Upper back? Head? Low back? Would you like some assistance in relaxing? Chiropractic spinal manipulation offers relaxing effects especially when applied to the cervical and thoracic spine areas. Johnson Chiropractic sees stress every day. Johnson Chiropractic hears our Richmond chiropractic patients ask for more spine treatment once they feel it! Wise chiropractic patients!

MEASURING RESPONSES TO SPINAL MANIPULATION: STRESS

Initially, how do we respond to stress? Sweaty palms. Rapid pulse and heart rate. We can feel these responses. Researchers strive to measure these responses. Measuring blood pressure, heart rate variability, heart rate, and numeric pain scale after treating upper and lower cervical spine segments of healthy and neck pain patients, researchers found that upper cervical manipulation improved parasympathetic (calming) system and lower cervical manipulation improved sympathetic (fight or flight) activity. Interestingly, neck pain patients’ parasympathetic activity was improved by both upper and lower cervical manipulation. (1) Johnson Chiropractic notices that just the effect of touch is influential.

EFFECTS OF MANIPULATION ON STRESS RESPONSES

The body responds to all sorts of stimuli. Researchers attempt to document how. One group performed a meta-analysis of multiple studies regarding the effect of spinal manipulation and mobilization on cardiovascular responses. Changes in systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure and heart rate were charted. They determined that spinal manipulation and mobilization may result in a significant decrease of systolic as well as diastolic blood pressure. (2) An analysis of articles about the effect of spinal manipulation on heart rate variability stated that a greater parasympathetic response was noted when cervical and lumbar spine areas were treated while a larger sympathetic response was noticed when the thoracic spine was treated. (3) Another study linked pain response to resting blood pressure pre- and post-cervical spine non-thrust manipulation. Non-chronic neck pain patients who underwent such manipulation experienced reduced short-term pain and reduced systolic blood pressure(4) There’s something to manipulation beyond pain relief, and Johnson Chiropractic is happy to share the research as it is made available.

SPINAL MANIPULATION TREATMENT

Johnson Chiropractic uses gentle spinal manipulation applied to the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine areas to decrease pain. Spinal manipulation of the thoracic spine effectively manages painful mechanical thoracic spine pain better than placebo treatment. (5) Effects of thoracic manipulation go beyond the thoracic spine. Advantages of manipulation of the thoracic spine extend to the cervical spine for patients with bilateral chronic mechanical neck pain. Thoracic thrust manipulation and non-thrust mobilization produce similar changes in patients’ pressure pain thresholds and decrease neck pain intensity. (6) These are benefits of Richmond chiropractic care Johnson Chiropractic is well-experienced to provide.

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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 chiropractic and The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management may well attune parasympathetic and sympathetic as well as pain responses in the body.

Schedule your next Richmond chiropractic appointment now. Your neck and shoulders and upper back will be grateful for the attention as will your decreased pain and heart rate and blood pressure after a gentle Richmond spinal manipulation session.

 Johnson Chiropractic offers spinal manipulation for its calming effects for stress responses.
 
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