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

The brain and the spine. They’re connected. They’re connected more intimately than any of us appreciate as we go about our daily lives. Layden Chiropractic keeps this connection in mind as we treat our Plainville back pain sufferers’ spines and pay attention to their stories of pain and ways of coping. Plainville chiropractic care at Layden Chiropractic respects the brain and spine connection and use gentle, safe chiropractic services including spinal manipulation to reduce pain affecting both.

BRAIN CHANGES IN Plainville BACK PAIN

Pain changes the brain. A person in pain feels it. Special tests today can reveal it. BOLD (blood oxygen level dependent) responses were examined after stimulating lumbar spinous processes with manipulation and exhibited activity in the secondary somatosensory cortex, cerebellum and other brain areas. (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 because 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 Plainville chiropractor’s mind spinning a little! What a topic! Without having to grasp all these terms and measurements shared in the study, know that the study shared that the brain, even the adult brain, is impressionable. Sure, the young developing brain is most impressionable, 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 saw a difference. More research needs to be done, but they did explain that long term experience establishes cortical organization while occasional, new and different stimulation can trigger cortical reorganization of the adult brain. Such changes have been discovered in musicians, Braille readers, and persons after spinal manipulation and stroke rehab. (4) This understanding of the brain contributes to the Plainville 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 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. Post-treatment, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is thicker. To the researchers, this indicated that treating chronic pain may well restore normal brain functions. (6) Layden Chiropractic treats Plainville back pain patients all day long. It’s amazing to imagine that treatment might modify 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 defines more plainly the brain and spine and pain connection, describes in more depth how the cells of the body are constantly remodeling and adjusting to their ever-changing mechanical environment, and how chiropractic may intervene positively.

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

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