Possible Paramus Chiropractic Benefits for Hypertension

Hypertension. Blood Pressure. 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 makes us worry, chronic pain anywhere stresses our bodies, nudging blood pressure higher. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center shares recent studies that demonstrate some potential promise of chiropractic and spinal manipulation’s ability to beneficially change 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 garnering awareness 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 enhanced parasympathetic system function giving rise to impaired performance. (1) That’s not all bad in the clinical setting! Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center knows it’s all about delivering the right type of treatment at the right time to get the best results. Parasympathetic dominance to help reduce pain is good for athletes who may suffer with back pain after their exercise.  

CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM, HYPERTENSION, AND MANIPULATION

Manual therapies like Paramus spinal manipulation and mobilization at Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center are known for their ability to treat, reduce, and manage 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 potentially 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. Some patients - 20-30% of them - with blood pressure issues don’t respond to common medications. Consequently, alternatives are being considered like chiropractic spinal manipulation therapy. A review of the published literature discovered promising results that inspire more study. (2) A recent study found that spinal manipulation and mobilization effected 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 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.   Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center 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.                          

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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 Paramus chiropractic appointment with Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center now. Hypertension may well meet its match - or at least back down a bit - with chiropractic spinal manipulation! Let us find out together. 

Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center shares new research favoring chiropractic spinal manipulation’s potential benefit for addressing blood pressure issues.
 
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