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Chiropractic Care Presents the Influence of the Brain/Spine Connection in Back Pain

The brain and the spine. They’re connected. They are connected more intimately than any of us appreciate as we go about our daily lives. Chiropractic Care keeps this connection top-of-mind as we treat our West Palm Beach back pain sufferers’ spines and listen to their stories of pain and ways of coping. West Palm Beach chiropractic care at Chiropractic Care respects the brain and spine connection and implement gentle, safe chiropractic services including spinal manipulation to ease pain affecting both.

BRAIN CHANGES IN West Palm Beach BACK PAIN

Pain changes the brain. A person in pain knows it. Special tests today can reveal it. BOLD (blood oxygen level dependent) responses were analyzed after stimulating lumbar spinous processes with manipulation and demonstrated activity in the secondary somatosensory cortex, cerebellum and other brain areas. (1) Motor cortex stimulation triggers a spinal anti-inflammatory response to reduce pain. (2) Depression, anxiety, cognitive deficits often come with chronic constriction of the sciatic nerve due to its effect on the medial prefrontal cortex. (3) Spinal manipulation may be a way to deal with the brain changes in chronic pain and its related issues.

SHORT TERM STIMULATION’S EFFECT ON BRAIN

Stimulating the brain even for a short time may impact the pain experience. A recent study on Euclidean distance between cortical sources and temporal dynamics of plastic changes in the somatosensory cortex of the brain had even your West Palm Beach chiropractor’s mind spinning a little! What a topic! Without having to understand all these terms and measurements shared in the study, know that the study presented that the brain, even the adult brain, is malleable. Certainly, the young brain in development is most malleable, but with the appropriate input, the older, adult brain can change. The researchers in this study measured and compared the brain’s cortical size before and after stimulation and compared them on MRI. They saw a difference. More research needs to be done, but they did describe that long term experience establishes cortical organization while occasional, new and different stimulation can induce cortical reorganization of the adult brain. Such changes have been noted in musicians, Braille readers, and persons after spinal manipulation and stroke rehab. (4) This knowledge of the brain informs the West Palm Beach chiropractic treatment plan!

BRAIN CHANGES WITH CHRONIC PAIN

Just how is the chiropractic treatment plan influenced by such information of the brain? Let’s start by examining the brain with chronic pain. The two brain regions that encode the intensity of pain and add to the overall experience of chronic pain are the primary somatosensory cortex and posterior insular cortex. (5) The cortex of the brain was shown to be thinner in chronic low back pain patients. After treatment, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is thicker. To the researchers, this suggested that treating chronic pain may well restore normal brain functions. (6) Chiropractic Care care for West Palm Beach back pain patients all day long. It is amazing to think that treatment might affect more than just the pain response!

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Listen to this PODCAST by Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he explains more clearly the brain and spine and pain connection, illustrates in more depth how the cells of the body are continually remodeling and adapting to their always-changing mechanical environment, and how chiropractic may help.

Schedule a non-surgical West Palm Beach chiropractic care appointment with Chiropractic Care for your pain, brain, and spine! The connection is there between pain and the brain. Chiropractic Care can get in the center of those two and help you find some West Palm Beach pain relief.

 
Chiropractic Care looks at the connection between the brain and spine in back pain patients to better help them find pain relief. 
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