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Possible Fort Wayne Chiropractic Benefits for Hypertension

July 21, 2021

Blood pressure. Hypertension. It’s a subject among friends and family members and patient/physician interactions even in yoga classes and via meditation apps. Our tense world has us all stressed out, back pain and neck pain makes us worry, chronic pain anywhere stresses our bodies, pushing blood pressure higher. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc shares new studies that demonstrate some potential promise of chiropractic and spinal manipulation’s being able to positively alter blood pressure.


Spinal manipulation’s effect on the nervous system, particularly its sympathetic (“fight or flight” reactionary part) and parasympathetic (“rest and digest” calm part) parts of the autonomic nervous system, is gaining attention 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 sparked a shift toward heightened parasympathetic system function giving rise to impaired performance. (1) That’s not all bad in the clinical setting! Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc knows it’s all about when to apply what type of care to get the best outcomes. Parasympathetic dominance to help reduce pain is good for athletes suffering with back pain after their exercise.  


Manual therapies like Fort Wayne spinal manipulation and mobilization at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc are recognized for their ability to treat, reduce, 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 reason for death) that it is, such changes are potentially 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. A review of the published literature found promising outcomes that inspire more study. (2) A newer study found that spinal manipulation and mobilization had 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 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 commonly pay more attention to the top, systolic number, so spinal manipulation’s effect would be appreciated if more studies continue to confirm such effect.   Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc 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.                          

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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.

Schedule your next Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment with Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc soon. Hypertension may well meet its match - or at least back down a bit - with chiropractic spinal manipulation! Let’s figure it out together. 

Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc presents new research favoring chiropractic spinal manipulation’s potential benefit for addressing blood pressure issues.