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New Roads Chiropractic Center Presents the Influence of the Brain/Spine Connection in Back Pain

The brain and the spine. They are connected. They’re connected more closely than any of us appreciate as we go about our daily lives. New Roads Chiropractic Center keeps this connection top-of-mind as we take care of our New Roads back pain sufferers’ spines and pay attention to their stories of pain and ways of coping. New Roads chiropractic care at New Roads Chiropractic Center respects the brain and spine connection and implement gentle, safe chiropractic services incorporating spinal manipulation to reduce pain affecting both.

BRAIN CHANGES IN New Roads BACK PAIN

Pain changes the brain. A person in pain feels it. Special tests today can show it. BOLD (blood oxygen level dependent) responses were examined after stimulating lumbar spinous processes with manipulation and demonstrated activity in the secondary somatosensory cortex, cerebellum and other parts of the brain. (1) Motor cortex stimulation triggers a spinal anti-inflammatory response to decrease pain. (2) Depression, anxiety, cognitive deficits often come with chronic constriction of the sciatic nerve as a result of its effect on the medial prefrontal cortex. (3) Spinal manipulation may be a means to address 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 influence the pain experience. A new study on Euclidean distance between cortical sources and temporal dynamics of plastic changes in the somatosensory cortex of the brain had even your New Roads chiropractor’s head spinning a little! What a subject! Without having to understand all these terms and measurements discussed in the study, know that the study shared that the brain, even the adult brain, is pliable. Of course, the young developing brain is most malleable, but with the proper 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 their size on MRI. They saw a difference. More research should be done, but they did describe that long term experience establishes cortical organization while transient, new and different stimulation can spark 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 understanding of the brain contributes to the New Roads chiropractic treatment plan!

BRAIN CHANGES WITH CHRONIC PAIN

Just how is the chiropractic treatment plan affected with such knowledge of the brain? Let us start by examining the brain with chronic pain. The two brain regions that encode the intensity of painful stimuli and add to the whole 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. Post-treatment, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is thicker. To the researchers, this indicated that treating chronic pain can restore normal brain functions. (6) New Roads Chiropractic Center care for New Roads back pain patients all day long. It is amazing to think that treatment might alter more than the pain response alone!

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

Schedule a non-surgical New Roads chiropractic care appointment with New Roads Chiropractic Center for your pain, brain, and spine! The connection is there between pain and the brain. New Roads Chiropractic Center can get in the middle of those two and help you obtain some New Roads pain relief.

 
New Roads Chiropractic Center shares at the connection between the brain and spine in back pain patients to better help them find pain relief. 
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