Blood pressure. Hypertension.
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 creates worry, chronic pain anywhere stresses our
bodies, pushing blood pressure higher. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. presents
recent studies that show some potential promise of chiropractic and spinal
manipulation’s ability 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) parts of the autonomic nervous system,
is gaining awareness 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 intensified parasympathetic system function giving
rise to impaired performance. (1) That is
not all bad in the clinical setting! Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. knows it is all
about delivering the right type of treatment at the right time to get the optimal results. Parasympathetic
dominance to enhance pain reduction is good for athletes
suffering with back pain after their events.
CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM, HYPERTENSION, AND MANIPULATION
Manual therapies like Auburn spinal manipulation
and mobilization at Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. are recognized for their
ability to treat, reduce, and manage 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 cause of death) that
it is, such changes are potentially quite important.
Blood pressure control is complex, depending 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. An evaluation of the
published literature found promising results that
inspire more study. (2) A recent study found that
spinal manipulation and mobilization made a statistically
significant reduction 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 certainly called for. 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 usually pay
more attention to the top, systolic number, so spinal manipulation’s effect would be welcome if more studies continue to record such effect. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. 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 Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C.
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 Auburn
chiropractic appointment with Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. now.
Hypertension may well meet its match - or at least back down a bit - with chiropractic
spinal manipulation! Let’s find out together.