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 wound up, back pain
and neck pain makes us worry, chronic pain anywhere stresses our
bodies, pushing blood pressure higher. Satterwhite Chiropractic shares
new studies that show some potential promise of chiropractic and spinal
manipulation’s ability to positively change
SPINAL MANIPULATION AND THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
Spinal manipulation’s effect on the nervous system, particularly
its sympathetic (“fight or flight” reactionary part) and parasympathetic (“rest
and digest” calm part) functions 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 utilizing spinal manipulation versus a sham
treatment with recreational athletes revealed that spinal
manipulation before exercise elicited a shift
toward heightened parasympathetic system function resulting in diminished performance. (1) That is
not all bad in the clinical setting! Satterwhite Chiropractic knows it is all
about delivering the right type of treatment at the right time to get the optimal outcomes. Parasympathetic
dominance to help reduce pain is good for athletes
who experience back pain after their events.
CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM, HYPERTENSION, AND MANIPULATION
Manual therapies like Oxford spinal manipulation
and mobilization at Satterwhite Chiropractic are known for their
ability to treat, ease, and manage spinal pain related
conditions. As a side benefit, alterations
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, counting on the
autonomic nervous system for its regulation while genetics and physiology may
also influence it. Some patients - 20-30%
of them - with blood pressure issues do not respond to usual
medications. Therefore, alternatives are being considered
like chiropractic spinal manipulation therapy. An evaluation of the
published literature discovered promising outcomes that
encourage more study. (2) A newer study found that
spinal manipulation and mobilization produced 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 called for. 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 focus on the top, systolic number, so spinal manipulation’s effect would be welcome if more studies continue to confirm such effect. Satterwhite Chiropractic offers gentle spinal manipulation treatment via the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. Its is research-documented and effective for reducing back and neck pain.
CONTACT Satterwhite 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 Oxford
chiropractic appointment with Satterwhite 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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