Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Offers Treatment with Relaxing Effects02/09/2021Where do you feel your stress? Neck? Upper back? Head? Low back? Do you want some assistance in relaxing? Chiropractic spinal manipulation offers relaxing effects particularly when applied to the cervical and thoracic spine regions. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc sees stress daily. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc hears our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients ask for more spine treatment once they experience it! Wise chiropractic patients! MEASURING RESPONSES TO SPINAL MANIPULATION: STRESS First, how do we respond to stress? Sweaty palms. Rapid pulse and heart rate. We can feel these responses. Researchers strive to measure these responses. Measuring heart rate variability, blood pressure, heart rate, and numeric pain scale after treating upper and lower cervical spine segments of healthy and neck pain patients, researchers found that upper cervical manipulation boosted parasympathetic (calming) system and lower cervical manipulation improved sympathetic (fight or flight) activity. Curiously, neck pain patients’ parasympathetic activity was improved by both upper and lower cervical manipulation. (1) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc notes that the effect of touch alone is powerful. EFFECTS OF MANIPULATION ON STRESS RESPONSES The body responds to all types of stimuli. Researchers do their best to document how. One group performed a meta-analysis of multiple studies about the effect of spinal manipulation and mobilization on cardiovascular responses. Changes in systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure and heart rate were charted. They concluded that spinal manipulation and mobilization may result in a significant decrease of systolic together with diastolic blood pressure. (2) An analysis of articles about the effect of spinal manipulation on heart rate variability reported that a greater parasympathetic response was seen when cervical and lumbar spine areas were treated while a larger sympathetic response was noticed when the thoracic spine was treated. (3) Another study tied pain response to resting blood pressure pre- and post-cervical spine non-thrust manipulation. Non-chronic neck pain patients who underwent such manipulation experienced reduced short-term pain and reduced systolic blood pressure. (4) There’s something to manipulation beyond pain relief, and Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is thrilled to present the research as it is made available. SPINAL MANIPULATION TREATMENT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc utilizes gentle spinal manipulation applied to the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine areas to decrease pain. Spinal manipulation of the thoracic spine efficiently influences painful mechanical thoracic spine pain better than placebo treatment. (5) Effects of thoracic manipulation transcend the thoracic spine. Advantages of manipulation of the thoracic spine extend to the cervical spine for patients with bilateral chronic mechanical neck pain. Thoracic thrust manipulation and non-thrust mobilization deliver similar changes in patients’ pressure pain thresholds and decrease neck pain intensity. (6) These are benefits of Fort Wayne chiropractic care Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is well-trained to deliver. CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates how chiropractic and The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management may well address parasympathetic and sympathetic as well as pain responses in the body. Make your next Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment soon. Your neck and shoulders and upper back will be grateful for the attention as will your decreased pain and heart rate and blood pressure after a gentle Fort Wayne spinal manipulation session. « View All Spine Articles"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."