Where does your stress settle? Neck? Upper back? Head? Low back? Would you like some help relaxing? Chiropractic spinal manipulation may well produce relaxing effects especially when directed to the cervical and thoracic spine regions. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic sees stress daily. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic hears our Augusta chiropractic patients ask for more spine treatment once they feel it! Astute chiropractic patients!
MEASURING RESPONSES TO SPINAL MANIPULATION: STRESS
First, how do we react to stress? Sweaty palms. Rapid pulse and heart rate. We can feel these responses. Researchers want to quantify 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 enhanced sympathetic (fight or flight) activity. Interestingly, neck pain patients’ parasympathetic activity was enhanced by both upper and lower cervical manipulation. (1) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic notes that just the effect of touch is powerful.
EFFECTS OF MANIPULATION ON STRESS RESPONSES
The body responds to all sorts of stimuli. Researchers attempt to document how. One group did a meta-analysis of multiple studies about the effect of spinal manipulation and mobilization on cardiovascular responses. Variations in systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure and heart rate were charted. They determined that spinal manipulation and mobilization may bring about 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 larger parasympathetic response was seen when cervical and lumbar spine areas were treated while a larger sympathetic response was noticed when the thoracic spine was treated. (3) Another study correlated 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 decreased systolic blood pressure. (4) There’s something to manipulation beyond pain relief, and Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic is pleased to present the research as it comes available.
SPINAL MANIPULATION TREATMENT
Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic uses gentle spinal manipulation applied to the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine areas to reduce pain. Spinal manipulation of the thoracic spine effectively influences painful mechanical thoracic spine pain better than placebo treatment. (5) Effects of thoracic manipulation go beyond the thoracic spine. Benefits of manipulation of the thoracic spine reach the cervical spine for patients with bilateral chronic mechanical neck pain. Thoracic thrust manipulation and non-thrust mobilization deliver similar changes in patients’ pressure pain thresholds and reduce neck pain intensity. (6) These are benefits of Augusta chiropractic care Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic is well-trained 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 illustrates how chiropractic and The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management may well address parasympathetic and sympathetic as well as pain responses in the body.
Schedule your next Augusta chiropractic appointment today. Your neck and shoulders and upper back will appreciate the attention as will your decreased pain and heart rate and blood pressure after a gentle Augusta spinal manipulation session.