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In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –
- Chiropractic and Blood Pressure
- And Finally a Case History Study about Chiropractic Management of LBP and Synovial Cyst
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Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #531 recorded November 27, 2015.
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Chiropractic and Blood Pressure
A randomized controlled trial (RCT), recently published in the Asian Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies, was designed to test effects of specific thoracic (T1 to T5) manipulations using an Activator instrument for changes in diastolic and systolic blood pressure, blood pressure classification, and pulse rates in 290 normotensive and hypertensive people in El Salvador.
Subjects’ blood pressure and pulse rates were measured after relaxing for 15 minutes, then before intervention, and again just after treatment.
Results from the study found that systolic and diastolic BP, pulse rate, and BP classification decreased significantly only in the active treatment group.
No significant changes occurred in the placebo treatment and control groups.
The study concluded that specific thoracic spinal manipulations affected three measures: blood pressure, pulse rate, and changes in hypertension classification only in the active treatment group.
Findings may represent in part a rebound effect from treatment anxiety, but this alone did not account for the observations. Activator instrument’s utility for sham settings was supported for future efficacy studies.
The decrease was robust across several analyses, but the duration of the effect requires longer-term follow up.
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Chiropractic Management of LBP and Synovial Cyst
The purpose of a 2012 James Cox study, published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, was to report the findings resulting from chiropractic care using flexion distraction spinal manipulation for a patient with low back and radicular pain due to spinal stenosis caused by a synovial cyst.
A 75-year-old man presented with low back pain radiating to the right anterior thigh and down the left posterior leg of 3 years’ duration. Physical and imaging examinations showed a synovial cyst–induced spinal stenosis at the right L3-L4 level and bilateral L4-L5 spinal stenosis.
Flexion distraction spinal manipulation and physiological therapeutics were applied at the levels of stenosis.
After 4 visits, the patient noted total absence of the right and left lower extremity pain and no adverse reaction to treatment. After 3 months of treatment and 16 visits, his low back and buttock pain were minimal; and he had no leg pain.
The study concluded that lumbar synovial cyst and stenosis–generated low back and radicular pain was 80% relieved in a 75-year-old man following Cox flexion distraction spinal manipulation.
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