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 uptight world has us all stressed out, back pain
and neck pain creates worry, chronic pain anywhere stresses our
bodies, nudging blood pressure higher. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn presents
recent studies that demonstrate some potential promise of chiropractic and spinal
manipulation’s being able to positively 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 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 giving
rise to impaired performance. (1) That is
not all bad in the clinical setting! Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn knows it’s all
about when to apply
what type of care to get the optimal outcomes. 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 Ashburn spinal manipulation
and mobilization at Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn are known for their
ability to treat, reduce, and handle spinal pain related
conditions. As an additional benefit, changes
to the cardiovascular system have been noted. With hypertension
being the global health concern (and even cause of death) that
it is, such changes are possibly quite critical.
Blood pressure control is complex, depending 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 common
medications. Therefore, 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 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 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 most often pay
more attention to the top, systolic number, so spinal manipulation’s effect would be appreciated if more studies continue to confirm such effect. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn 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 Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. James Cox on The Back
Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he
explains how the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain
Management may assist the autonomic system.
Make your next Ashburn
chiropractic appointment with Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn today.
Hypertension may well meet its match - or at least back down a bit - with chiropractic
spinal manipulation! Let’s find out together.
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