Blood pressure. Hypertension.
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 wound up, back pain
and neck pain creates worry, chronic pain anywhere stresses our
bodies, nudging blood pressure higher. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa shares
new studies that show some potential promise of chiropractic and spinal
manipulation’s ability to beneficially alter
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 gaining 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 reported that spinal
manipulation before exercise prompted a shift
toward intensified parasympathetic system function resulting in impaired performance. (1) That is
not all bad in the clinical setting! Executive Chiropractic of Iowa knows it’s all
about when to apply
what type of care 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 West Des Moines spinal manipulation
and mobilization at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa are recognized for their
ability to treat, ease, and manage spinal pain related
conditions. As a side 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 important.
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 usual
medications. Therefore, alternatives are being studied
like chiropractic spinal manipulation therapy. An evaluation of the
published literature discovered promising outcomes that
inspire more study. (2) A newer 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 reveals 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 record such effect. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa offers gentle spinal manipulation treatment via the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. It’s research-documented and effective for reducing back and neck pain.
CONTACT Executive Chiropractic of Iowa
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.
Make your next West Des Moines
chiropractic appointment with Executive Chiropractic of Iowa 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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