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Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Presents the Influence of the Brain/Spine Connection in Back Pain

The brain and the spine. They are connected. They’re connected more deeply than any of us appreciate as we go about our daily lives. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation keeps this connection in mind as we treat our Carrolltown back pain sufferers’ spines and listen to their stories of pain and ways of coping. Carrolltown chiropractic care at Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation respects the brain and spine connection and use gentle, safe chiropractic services including spinal manipulation to ease pain concerning both.

BRAIN CHANGES IN Carrolltown 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 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 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 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 Carrolltown chiropractor’s head spinning a bit! 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. Certainly, the young brain in development is most malleable, but with the proper input, the older, adult brain can change. The researchers in this study took measurements 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 seen in musicians, Braille readers, and persons after spinal manipulation and stroke rehab. (4) This knowledge of the brain informs the Carrolltown chiropractic treatment plan!

BRAIN CHANGES WITH CHRONIC PAIN

Just how is the chiropractic treatment plan influenced by such information of the brain? Let’s start by looking at 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. After treatment, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is thicker. To the researchers, this implied that treating chronic pain may well restore normal brain functions. (6) Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation care for Carrolltown back pain patients all day long. It is amazing to imagine 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 clearly the brain and spine and pain connection, describes in more depth how the cells of the body are continually remodeling and adjusting to their always-changing mechanical environment, and how chiropractic may intervene positively.

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

 
Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation shares at the connection between the brain and spine in back pain patients to better help them find pain relief. 
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