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Soft Health and Healing Clinic Presents the Influence of the Brain/Spine Connection in Back Pain

The brain and the spine. They’re connected. They’re connected more closely than any of us realize as we go about our daily lives. Soft Health and Healing Clinic keeps this connection in mind as we treat our Brooks back pain sufferers’ spines and listen to their stories of pain and ways of coping. Brooks chiropractic care at Soft Health and Healing Clinic respects the brain and spine connection and implement gentle, safe chiropractic services incorporating spinal manipulation to reduce pain affecting both.

BRAIN CHANGES IN Brooks 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 brain areas. (1) Motor cortex stimulation provokes a spinal anti-inflammatory response to reduce 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 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 influence 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 Brooks chiropractor’s mind spinning a bit! 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 impressionable. Of course, the young brain in development 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 them on MRI. They noticed a difference. More research should be done, but they did describe that long term experience establishes cortical organization while occasional, new and different stimulation can spark cortical reorganization of the adult brain. Such changes have been seen in musicians, Braille readers, and persons after spinal manipulation and stroke rehab. (4) This understanding of the brain contributes to the Brooks chiropractic treatment plan!

BRAIN CHANGES WITH CHRONIC PAIN

Just how is the chiropractic treatment plan influenced by such information 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 overall 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. Post-treatment, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is thicker. To the researchers, this implied that treating chronic pain may well restore normal brain functions. (6) Soft Health and Healing Clinic care for Brooks back pain patients all day long. It’s 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 explains more plainly the brain and spine and pain connection, illustrates in more depth how the cells of the body are continually remodeling and adapting to their ever-changing mechanical environment, and how chiropractic may intervene positively.

Schedule a non-surgical Brooks chiropractic care appointment with Soft Health and Healing Clinic for your pain, brain, and spine! The connection is there between pain and the brain. Soft Health and Healing Clinic can get in the middle of those two and help you find some Brooks pain relief.

 
Soft Health and Healing Clinic shares at the connection between the brain and spine in back pain patients to better help them find pain relief. 
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