Back And Neck Care Center Presents the Influence of the Brain/Spine Connection in Back Pain

The brain and the spine. They’re connected. They are connected more deeply than any of us appreciate as we go about our daily lives. Back And Neck Care Center keeps this connection top-of-mind as we take care of our Severna Park back pain sufferers’ spines and listen to their stories of pain and ways of coping. Severna Park chiropractic care at Back And Neck Care Center respects the brain and spine connection and implement gentle, safe chiropractic services including spinal manipulation to ease pain concerning both.

BRAIN CHANGES IN Severna Park 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 demonstrated activity in the secondary somatosensory cortex, cerebellum and other parts of the brain. (1) Motor cortex stimulation triggers a spinal anti-inflammatory response to reduce 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 way to address 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 impact 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 Severna Park chiropractor’s mind spinning a little! What a subject! 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. Sure, the young brain in development is most impressionable, 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 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 transient, new and different stimulation can induce 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 informs the Severna Park chiropractic treatment plan!

BRAIN CHANGES WITH CHRONIC PAIN

Just how is the chiropractic treatment plan influenced by such knowledge of the brain? Let’s start by examining the brain with chronic pain. The two brain regions that encode the intensity of painful stimuli and contribute 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 suggested that treating chronic pain can reestablish normal brain functions. (6) Back And Neck Care Center care for Severna Park back pain patients all day long. It’s 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 defines more clearly the brain and spine and pain connection, illustrates in more depth how the cells of the body are continually remodeling and adapting to their ever-changing mechanical environment, and how chiropractic may intervene positively.

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

 
Back And Neck Care 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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