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Manahawkin Chiropractic Center Presents the Influence of the Brain/Spine Connection in Back Pain

The brain and the spine. They are connected. They are connected more intimately than any of us appreciate as we go about our daily lives. Manahawkin Chiropractic Center keeps this connection top-of-mind as we treat our Manahawkin back pain sufferers’ spines and pay attention to their stories of pain and ways of coping. Manahawkin chiropractic care at Manahawkin Chiropractic Center respects the brain and spine connection and implement gentle, safe chiropractic services incorporating spinal manipulation to ease pain affecting both.

BRAIN CHANGES IN Manahawkin 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 examined 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 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 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 Manahawkin chiropractor’s head spinning a bit! What a subject! 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 pliable. Sure, the young developing brain 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 needs to 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 seen in musicians, Braille readers, and persons after spinal manipulation and stroke rehab. (4) This knowledge of the brain contributes to the Manahawkin 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 pain 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 shown to be thinner in chronic low back pain patients. Post-treatment, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is thicker. To the researchers, this indicated that treating chronic pain may well restore normal brain functions. (6) Manahawkin Chiropractic Center care for Manahawkin back pain patients all day long. It is 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 defines more plainly the brain and spine and pain connection, illustrates in more depth how the cells of the body are constantly remodeling and adapting to their ever-changing mechanical environment, and how chiropractic may intervene positively.

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

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