Hypertension. Blood Pressure.
It’s 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 wound up, back pain
and neck pain makes us worry, chronic pain anywhere stresses our
bodies, nudging blood pressure higher. Spengel Chiropractic shares
new studies that demonstrate some potential promise of chiropractic and spinal
manipulation’s ability to positively 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) parts 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 reported that spinal
manipulation before exercise triggered a shift
toward heightened parasympathetic system function giving
rise to impaired performance. (1) That is
not all bad in the clinical setting! Spengel Chiropractic knows it is all
about when to apply
what type of care to get the optimal results. Parasympathetic
dominance to help reduce pain is good for athletes
who may suffer with back pain after their exercise.
CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM, HYPERTENSION, AND MANIPULATION
Manual therapies like McHenry spinal manipulation
and mobilization at Spengel Chiropractic are recognized for their
ability to treat, ease, and manage spinal pain related
conditions. As an additional benefit, alterations
to the cardiovascular system have been documented. With hypertension
being the global health concern (and even cause of death) that
it is, such changes are potentially quite important.
Blood pressure control is complex, counting 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 don’t respond to traditional
medications. Consequently, 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 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 study. (3) More research is most definitely 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 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. Spengel Chiropractic offers gentle spinal manipulation treatment via the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. It’s research-documented and efficacious for reducing back and neck pain.
CONTACT Spengel Chiropractic
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.
Schedule your next McHenry
chiropractic appointment with Spengel Chiropractic today.
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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