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Possible Burlington and Hamilton Chiropractic Benefits for Hypertension

Hypertension. Blood Pressure. It is a subject 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 creates worry, chronic pain anywhere stresses our bodies, nudging blood pressure higher. Spinal Care Clinic presents new studies that demonstrate some potential promise of chiropractic and spinal manipulation’s being able to positively alter blood pressure.

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 awareness in the clinical setting with normal clients as well as in the sport setting with athletes. A study of utilizing spinal manipulation versus a sham treatment with recreational athletes found that spinal manipulation before exercise sparked a shift toward enhanced parasympathetic system function giving rise to diminished performance. (1) That’s not all bad in the clinical setting! Spinal Care Clinic knows it’s all about when to apply what type of care to get the best results. Parasympathetic dominance to enhance pain reduction is good for athletes who experience back pain after their exercise.  

CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM, HYPERTENSION, AND MANIPULATION

Manual therapies like Burlington and Hamilton spinal manipulation and mobilization at Spinal Care Clinic are recognized for their ability to treat, ease, and handle spinal pain related conditions. As a bonus 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 possibly quite critical. 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 common medications. Consequently, alternatives are being studied like chiropractic spinal manipulation therapy. A review of the published literature found promising outcomes that inspire more study. (2) A newer 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 focus on the top, systolic number, so spinal manipulation’s effect would be appreciated if more studies continue to record such effect.   Spinal Care Clinic 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 Spinal Care Clinic

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes how the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management may assist the autonomic system.

Make your next Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic appointment with Spinal Care Clinic soon. Hypertension may well meet its match - or at least back down a bit - with chiropractic spinal manipulation! Let us figure it out together. 

Spinal Care Clinic presents new research favoring chiropractic spinal manipulation’s potential benefit for addressing blood pressure issues.
 
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