Pflugerville Wellness Center Presents the Influence of the Brain/Spine Connection in Back Pain

The brain and the spine. They’re connected. They’re connected more deeply than any of us appreciate as we go about our daily lives. Pflugerville Wellness Center keeps this connection top-of-mind as we treat our Pflugerville back pain sufferers’ spines and pay attention to their stories of pain and ways of coping. Pflugerville chiropractic care at Pflugerville Wellness Center respects the brain and spine connection and use gentle, safe chiropractic services including spinal manipulation to reduce pain concerning both.

BRAIN CHANGES IN Pflugerville 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 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 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 influence 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 Pflugerville chiropractor’s head spinning a little! 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 developing brain 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 should be done, but they did describe that long term experience establishes cortical organization while transient, new and different stimulation can spark 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 Pflugerville chiropractic treatment plan!

BRAIN CHANGES WITH CHRONIC PAIN

Just how is the chiropractic treatment plan influenced by such knowledge of the brain? Let us start by looking at 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 shown to be thinner in chronic low back pain patients. After treatment, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is thicker. To the researchers, this indicated that treating chronic pain may well reestablish normal brain functions. (6) Pflugerville Wellness Center care for Pflugerville back pain patients all day long. It is amazing to imagine 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 explains 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 always-changing mechanical environment, and how chiropractic may help.

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

 
Pflugerville Wellness 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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