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

The brain and the spine. They are connected. They are connected more deeply than any of us realize as we go about our daily lives. Aaron Chiropractic Clinic keeps this connection top-of-mind as we take care of our Fort Wayne back pain sufferers’ spines and pay attention to their stories of pain and ways of coping. Fort Wayne chiropractic care at Aaron Chiropractic Clinic respects the brain and spine connection and implement gentle, safe chiropractic services incorporating spinal manipulation to reduce pain concerning both.

BRAIN CHANGES IN Fort Wayne BACK PAIN

Pain changes the brain. A person in pain knows 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 decrease pain. (2) Depression, anxiety, cognitive deficits often accompany chronic constriction of the sciatic nerve due to 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 recent study on Euclidean distance between cortical sources and temporal dynamics of plastic changes in the somatosensory cortex of the brain had even your Fort Wayne 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 shared that the brain, even the adult brain, is pliable. Of course, the young brain in development is most malleable, but with the proper 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 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 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 knowledge of the brain informs the Fort Wayne 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 looking at the brain with chronic pain. The two brain regions that encode the intensity of painful stimuli and add 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 can reestablish normal brain functions. (6) Aaron Chiropractic Clinic treats Fort Wayne back pain patients all day long. It is amazing to imagine that treatment might affect 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 explains 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 ever-changing mechanical environment, and how chiropractic may intervene positively.

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

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