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 wound up, back pain and neck pain creates worry, chronic pain anywhere stresses our bodies, pushing blood pressure higher. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic presents new studies that show some potential promise of chiropractic and spinal manipulation’s ability to beneficially affect blood pressure.
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 garnering notice 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 revealed that spinal manipulation before exercise sparked a shift toward heightened parasympathetic system function resulting in diminished performance. (1) That’s not all bad in the clinical setting! Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic knows it’s all about delivering the right type of treatment at the right time to get the best results. Parasympathetic dominance to enhance pain reduction is good for athletes who experience back pain after their exercise.
CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM, HYPERTENSION, AND MANIPULATION
Manual therapies like Augusta spinal manipulation and mobilization at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic are recognized for their ability to treat, reduce, and manage spinal pain related conditions. As an additional benefit, alterations 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 potentially quite important. Blood pressure control is complex, relying 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 usual medications. Therefore, alternatives are being studied like chiropractic spinal manipulation therapy. A review of the published literature found promising outcomes that encourage more study. (2) A recent study found that spinal manipulation and mobilization made 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 called for. Systolic blood pressure reveals the force on the blood vessels when the heart beats (top number) while diastolic reveals 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 welcome if more studies continue to show such effect. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic 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.
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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.
Schedule your next Augusta chiropractic appointment with Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic now. Hypertension may well meet its match - or at least back down a bit - with chiropractic spinal manipulation! Let us find out together.