Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center 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. Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center keeps this connection top-of-mind as we take care of our Pensacola back pain sufferers’ spines and listen to their stories of pain and ways of coping. Pensacola chiropractic care at Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center respects the brain and spine connection and use gentle, safe chiropractic services incorporating spinal manipulation to reduce pain affecting both.

BRAIN CHANGES IN Pensacola BACK PAIN

Pain changes the brain. A person in pain knows 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 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 related 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 Pensacola chiropractor’s head spinning a little! What a topic! Without having to grasp all these terms and measurements discussed in the study, know that the study presented that the brain, even the adult brain, is malleable. 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 them on MRI. They saw a difference. More research should be done, but they did describe 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 noted in musicians, Braille readers, and persons after spinal manipulation and stroke rehab. (4) This understanding of the brain informs the Pensacola 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 looking at the brain with chronic pain. The two brain regions that encode the intensity of pain 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. After treatment, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is thicker. To the researchers, this implied that treating chronic pain may well restore normal brain functions. (6) Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center takes care of Pensacola back pain patients all day long. It’s amazing to think that treatment might affect more than just the pain response!

CONTACT Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center

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 intervene positively.

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

 
Pensacola Spinal Rehab 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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