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

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

BRAIN CHANGES IN Millville 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 examined after stimulating lumbar spinous processes with manipulation and demonstrated activity in the secondary somatosensory cortex, cerebellum and other parts of the brain. (1) Motor cortex stimulation provokes a spinal anti-inflammatory response to decrease pain. (2) Depression, anxiety, cognitive deficits often accompany 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 recent study on Euclidean distance between cortical sources and temporal dynamics of plastic changes in the somatosensory cortex of the brain had even your Millville 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 presented that the brain, even the adult brain, is malleable. Sure, the young developing brain is most malleable, but with the proper input, the older, adult brain can change. The researchers in this study measured and compared the brain’s cortical size before and after stimulation and compared their size on MRI. They noticed a difference. More research needs to 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 discovered in musicians, Braille readers, and persons after spinal manipulation and stroke rehab. (4) This understanding of the brain contributes to the Millville chiropractic treatment plan!

BRAIN CHANGES WITH CHRONIC PAIN

Just how is the chiropractic treatment plan affected with such information of the brain? Let’s start by examining the brain with chronic pain. The two brain regions that encode the intensity of pain 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 shown 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 reestablish normal brain functions. (6) Wilson Family Chiropractic treats Millville 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 explains more clearly the brain and spine and pain connection, illustrates 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 Millville chiropractic care appointment with Wilson Family Chiropractic for your pain, brain, and spine! The connection is there between pain and the brain. Wilson Family Chiropractic can get in the middle of those two and help you find some Millville pain relief.

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