Executive Chiropractic of Iowa Offers Treatment with Relaxing Effects

Where does your stress go? Neck? Upper back? Head? Low back? Would you like some help relaxing? Chiropractic spinal manipulation may well produce relaxing effects especially when applied to the cervical and thoracic spine areas. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa sees stress daily. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa hears our West Des Moines chiropractic patients ask for more spine treatment once they experience how good it is! Astute chiropractic patients!

MEASURING RESPONSES TO SPINAL MANIPULATION: STRESS

First, how do we respond to stress? Sweaty palms. Rapid pulse and heart rate. We can feel these responses. Researchers strive 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 discovered that upper cervical manipulation boosted parasympathetic (calming) system and lower cervical manipulation boosted sympathetic (fight or flight) activity. Interestingly, neck pain patients’ parasympathetic activity was enhanced by both upper and lower cervical manipulation. (1) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa notes that just the effect of touch is influential.

EFFECTS OF MANIPULATION ON STRESS RESPONSES

The body responds to all sorts of stimuli. Researchers strive to document how. One group did a meta-analysis of multiple studies about 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 together with 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 tied 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 Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is pleased to share the research as it is made available.

SPINAL MANIPULATION TREATMENT

Executive Chiropractic of Iowa utilizes gentle spinal manipulation applied to the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine areas to decrease 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. 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 deliver similar changes in patients’ pressure pain thresholds and reduce neck pain intensity. (6) These are benefits of West Des Moines chiropractic care Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is well-experienced to deliver.

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

Schedule your next West Des Moines chiropractic appointment today. Your neck and shoulders and upper back will be grateful for the attention as will your reduced pain and heart rate and blood pressure after a gentle West Des Moines spinal manipulation session.

 Executive Chiropractic of Iowa offers spinal manipulation for its calming effects for stress responses.
 
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