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Vancouver Disc Centers 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 realize as we go about our daily lives. Vancouver Disc Centers keeps this connection in mind as we take care of our Vancouver back pain sufferers’ spines and pay attention to their stories of pain and ways of coping. Vancouver chiropractic care at Vancouver Disc Centers respects the brain and spine connection and implement gentle, safe chiropractic services incorporating spinal manipulation to ease pain concerning both.

BRAIN CHANGES IN Vancouver BACK PAIN

Pain changes the brain. A person in pain knows 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 parts of the brain. (1) Motor cortex stimulation triggers a spinal anti-inflammatory response to reduce pain. (2) Depression, anxiety, cognitive deficits often come with chronic constriction of the sciatic nerve due to its effect on the medial prefrontal cortex. (3) Spinal manipulation may be a way to address the brain changes in chronic pain and its associated 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 Vancouver chiropractor’s mind 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 malleable. Of course, the young brain in development is most impressionable, but with the proper input, the older, adult brain can transform. The researchers in this study took measurements before and after stimulation and compared their size 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 Vancouver chiropractic treatment plan!

BRAIN CHANGES WITH CHRONIC PAIN

Just how is the chiropractic treatment plan influenced by 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 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 suggested that treating chronic pain can restore normal brain functions. (6) Vancouver Disc Centers treats Vancouver back pain patients all day long. It is amazing to imagine that treatment might alter 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 explains more clearly the brain and spine and pain connection, illustrates in more depth how the cells of the body are continually remodeling and adjusting to their always-changing mechanical environment, and how chiropractic may intervene positively.

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

 
Vancouver Disc Centers shares at the connection between the brain and spine in back pain patients to better help them find pain relief. 
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