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The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR Presents the Influence of the Brain/Spine Connection in Back Pain

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

BRAIN CHANGES IN Colorado Springs BACK PAIN

Pain changes the brain. A person in pain feels it. Special tests today can show 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 provokes a spinal anti-inflammatory response to reduce pain. (2) Depression, anxiety, cognitive deficits often come with 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 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 Colorado Springs chiropractor’s head spinning a bit! What a topic! Without having to grasp all these terms and measurements discussed in the study, know that the study shared that the brain, even the adult brain, is pliable. Certainly, the young brain in development is most malleable, 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 saw 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 Colorado Springs chiropractic treatment plan!

BRAIN CHANGES WITH CHRONIC PAIN

Just how is the chiropractic treatment plan affected with such information of the brain? Let us start by examining the brain with chronic pain. The two brain regions that encode the intensity of painful stimuli 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 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) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR takes care of Colorado Springs back pain patients all day long. It is amazing to think that treatment might alter 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 clearly the brain and spine and pain connection, describes 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 Colorado Springs chiropractic care appointment with The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR for your pain, brain, and spine! The connection is there between pain and the brain. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR can get in the center of those two and help you get some Colorado Springs pain relief.

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