Woodland Hills Chiropractic Care Seeks Results For High BP Patients

It's been mentioned before in holistic and alternative therapy circles that chiropractic therapy is the weapon of choice for health problems ranging from infant colic to multiple sclerosis.

But could a patient's blood pressure measurements even experience true relief through expert chiropractic care?

 A 2008 study hoped to look at the response presented from the region of a spine that was chiropractically adjusted, to better understand whether such cervical adjustments could lead to parasympathetic responses, and whether thoracic management sends off a sympathetic response.

During the research, 40 patients between the ages of 25 and 55 years old met specific inclusion criteria, including normal blood pressure, an absence of heart disease history, and having no known-of health problems. Patients were examined both before and after their chiropractic adjustment so autonomic responses, like blood pressure and pulse rate, could be properly accounted for. Seven of the patients were examined for variability of heart rate. The participants were administered "either a diversified cervical segment adjustment or a diversified thoracic segment adjustment," study authors claimed.

Their results showed that patients' diastolic blood pressure (which indicates a sympathetic response) decreased drastically after adjustment among individuals given cervical adjustments, garnering a moderate clinical effect. Also, their pulse pressure rose substantially; patients given cervical adjustments showed a large effect size in their readings post-adjustment. While the dip in pulse pressure for people receiving chiropractic thoracic adjustments wasn't statistically substantial, the drop came with a modest-- albeit still meaningful-- effect size.

In conclusion, preliminarily findings indicate that cervical adjustments in chiropractic formats could lead to positive parasympathetic responses, while thoracic adjustments specifically lead to sympathetic responses. What's more, it seems that such responses could demonstrate the connection between autonomic responses and specific bodily segment(s) being adjusted. 

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