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

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

BRAIN CHANGES IN Sandy Springs 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 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 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 deal with 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 new study on Euclidean distance between cortical sources and temporal dynamics of plastic changes in the somatosensory cortex of the brain had even your Sandy Springs chiropractor’s head 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 pliable. Sure, the young brain in development is most impressionable, but with the proper 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 needs to be done, but they did describe that long term experience establishes cortical organization while transient, new and different stimulation can trigger 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 knowledge of the brain contributes to the Sandy Springs chiropractic treatment plan!

BRAIN CHANGES WITH CHRONIC PAIN

Just how is the chiropractic treatment plan affected with such knowledge of the brain? Let’s start by examining the brain with chronic pain. The two brain regions that encode the intensity of pain and contribute to the whole 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 suggested that treating chronic pain can reestablish normal brain functions. (6) Cross Chiropractic Center treats Sandy Springs back pain patients all day long. It is amazing to think that treatment might affect more than the pain response alone!

CONTACT Cross Chiropractic Center

Listen to this PODCAST by Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he explains 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 intervene positively.

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

 
Cross Chiropractic Center looks at the connection between the brain and spine in back pain patients to better help them find pain relief. 
« View All Spine Articles
"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page."