Possible Sandy Springs 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, pushing blood pressure higher. Cross Chiropractic Center presents recent studies that demonstrate some potential promise of chiropractic and spinal manipulation’s being able to beneficially affect 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 notice in the clinical setting with normal clients as well as 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 diminished performance. (1) That’s not all bad in the clinical setting! Cross Chiropractic Center knows it is all about when to apply what type of care to get the best results. Parasympathetic dominance to help reduce pain is good for athletes who may suffer with back pain after their events.  

CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM, HYPERTENSION, AND MANIPULATION

Manual therapies like Sandy Springs spinal manipulation and mobilization at Cross Chiropractic Center are recognized for their ability to treat, ease, and handle spinal pain related conditions. As a bonus 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 possibly quite important. Blood pressure control is complex, depending on the autonomic nervous system for its regulation while genetics and physiology may also influence it. Quite a few patients - 20-30% of them - with blood pressure issues don’t respond to common medications. Therefore, alternatives are being considered like chiropractic spinal manipulation therapy. An evaluation of the published literature discovered promising results that encourage more study. (2) A newer study found that spinal manipulation and mobilization produced 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 most definitely 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.   Cross Chiropractic Center 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 Cross Chiropractic Center

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 Sandy Springs chiropractic appointment with Cross Chiropractic Center today. Hypertension may well meet its match - or at least back down a bit - with chiropractic spinal manipulation! Let us figure it out together. 

Cross Chiropractic Center presents new research favoring chiropractic spinal manipulation’s potential benefit for addressing blood pressure issues.
 
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