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Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville 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 realize as we go about our daily lives. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville keeps this connection top-of-mind as we treat our St. Francisville back pain sufferers’ spines and pay attention to their stories of pain and ways of coping. St. Francisville chiropractic care at Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville respects the brain and spine connection and use gentle, safe chiropractic services incorporating spinal manipulation to ease pain concerning both.

BRAIN CHANGES IN St. Francisville BACK PAIN

Pain changes the brain. A person in pain knows it. Special tests today can show 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 provokes a spinal anti-inflammatory response to decrease pain. (2) Depression, anxiety, cognitive deficits often accompany chronic constriction of the sciatic nerve because of its effect on the medial prefrontal cortex. (3) Spinal manipulation may be a means 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 new study on Euclidean distance between cortical sources and temporal dynamics of plastic changes in the somatosensory cortex of the brain had even your St. Francisville chiropractor’s mind spinning a bit! 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 pliable. Certainly, the young developing brain is most malleable, but with the appropriate input, the older, adult brain can transform. The researchers in this study measured and compared the brain’s cortical size before and after stimulation and compared their size on MRI. They noticed a difference. More research should be done, but they did explain that long term experience establishes cortical organization while transient, new and different stimulation can trigger 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 contributes to the St. Francisville chiropractic treatment plan!

BRAIN CHANGES WITH CHRONIC PAIN

Just how is the chiropractic treatment plan influenced by such knowledge of the brain? Let’s start by looking at the brain with chronic pain. The two brain regions that encode the intensity of pain and contribute to the whole experience of chronic pain are the primary somatosensory cortex and posterior insular cortex. (5) The cortex of the brain was discovered to be thinner in chronic low back pain patients. After treatment, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is thicker. To the researchers, this implied that treating chronic pain may well reestablish normal brain functions. (6) Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville takes care of St. Francisville back pain patients all day long. It is amazing to think that treatment might affect 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 explains more clearly 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 St. Francisville chiropractic care appointment with Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville for your pain, brain, and spine! The connection is there between pain and the brain. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville can get in the center of those two and help you obtain some St. Francisville pain relief.

 
Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville looks at the connection between the brain and spine in back pain patients to better help them find pain relief. 
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