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 tense world has us all stressed out, back pain
and neck pain creates worry, chronic pain anywhere stresses our
bodies, pushing blood pressure higher. Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center describes
recent studies that show some potential promise of chiropractic and spinal
manipulation’s being able to beneficially change
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 attention in the clinical
setting with normal clients and in the sport setting with athletes.
A study of using spinal manipulation versus a sham
treatment with recreational athletes reported that spinal
manipulation before exercise elicited a shift
toward intensified parasympathetic system function resulting in impaired performance. (1) That’s
not all bad in the clinical setting! Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center knows it’s all
about when to apply
what type of care to get the best outcomes. Parasympathetic
dominance to enhance pain reduction is good for athletes
suffering with back pain after their exercise.
CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM, HYPERTENSION, AND MANIPULATION
Manual therapies like Pensacola spinal manipulation
and mobilization at Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center are recognized for their
ability to treat, reduce, and handle 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 possibly quite critical.
Blood pressure control is complex, relying on the
autonomic nervous system for its regulation while genetics and physiology may
also play a role. Quite a few patients - 20-30%
of them - with blood pressure issues don’t respond to traditional
medications. Consequently, alternatives are being considered
like chiropractic spinal manipulation therapy. A review of the
published literature discovered promising outcomes that
encourage 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 most definitely 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 commonly pay
more attention to the top, systolic number, so spinal manipulation’s effect would be welcome if more studies continue to confirm such effect. Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center offers gentle spinal manipulation treatment via the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. Its is research-documented and effective for reducing back and neck pain.
CONTACT Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. James Cox on The Back
Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he
illustrates how the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain
Management may assist the autonomic system.
Make your next Pensacola
chiropractic appointment with Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center now.
Hypertension may well meet its match - or at least back down a bit - with chiropractic
spinal manipulation! Let us figure it out together.
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