Palmer 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 deeply than any of us realize as we go about our daily lives. Palmer Chiropractic Center keeps this connection top-of-mind as we take care of our Lynchburg back pain sufferers’ spines and listen to their stories of pain and ways of coping. Lynchburg chiropractic care at Palmer Chiropractic Center respects the brain and spine connection and implement gentle, safe chiropractic services including spinal manipulation to reduce pain affecting both.

BRAIN CHANGES IN Lynchburg 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 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 as a result of its effect on the medial prefrontal cortex. (3) Spinal manipulation may be a means 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 Lynchburg chiropractor’s mind spinning a bit! What a topic! Without having to understand all these terms and measurements discussed 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 impressionable, but with the appropriate input, the older, adult brain can change. The researchers in this study took measurements before and after stimulation and compared them on MRI. They noticed a difference. More research should 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 seen in musicians, Braille readers, and persons after spinal manipulation and stroke rehab. (4) This understanding of the brain contributes to the Lynchburg chiropractic treatment plan!

BRAIN CHANGES WITH CHRONIC PAIN

Just how is the chiropractic treatment plan affected with 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 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. After treatment, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is thicker. To the researchers, this suggested that treating chronic pain can restore normal brain functions. (6) Palmer Chiropractic Center treats Lynchburg back pain patients all day long. It is amazing to think that treatment might affect 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 adapting to their always-changing mechanical environment, and how chiropractic may help.

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

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