Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries Presents the Influence of the Brain/Spine Connection in Back Pain

The brain and the spine. They’re connected. They are connected more closely than any of us realize as we go about our daily lives. Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries keeps this connection in mind as we take care of our Manchester back pain sufferers’ spines and pay attention to their stories of pain and ways of coping. Manchester chiropractic care at Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries respects the brain and spine connection and use gentle, safe chiropractic services incorporating spinal manipulation to reduce pain concerning both.

BRAIN CHANGES IN Manchester 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 analyzed 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 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 means to address the brain changes in chronic pain and its associated 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 Manchester chiropractor’s head 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. Sure, the young developing brain is most impressionable, but with the proper input, the older, adult brain can transform. The researchers in this study took measurements before and after stimulation and compared them on MRI. They saw 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 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 understanding of the brain informs the Manchester chiropractic treatment plan!

BRAIN CHANGES WITH CHRONIC PAIN

Just how is the chiropractic treatment plan influenced by 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 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. Post-treatment, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is thicker. To the researchers, this implied that treating chronic pain can reestablish normal brain functions. (6) Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries takes care of Manchester 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 defines more plainly the brain and spine and pain connection, illustrates 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 Manchester chiropractic care appointment with Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries for your pain, brain, and spine! The connection is there between pain and the brain. Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries can get in the center of those two and help you get some Manchester pain relief.

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