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

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

BRAIN CHANGES IN Oxford 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 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 come with chronic constriction of the sciatic nerve due to 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 associated 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 Oxford chiropractor’s mind spinning a little! What a subject! Without having to understand all these terms and measurements shared in the study, know that the study shared that the brain, even the adult brain, is impressionable. Sure, the young brain in development is most malleable, but with the proper input, the older, adult brain can change. 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 transient, 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 knowledge of the brain contributes to the Oxford chiropractic treatment plan!

BRAIN CHANGES WITH CHRONIC PAIN

Just how is the chiropractic treatment plan influenced by such information 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 shown 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) Satterwhite Chiropractic care for Oxford back pain patients all day long. It’s amazing to think 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 defines more plainly the brain and spine and pain connection, describes in more depth how the cells of the body are constantly remodeling and adjusting to their always-changing mechanical environment, and how chiropractic may intervene positively.

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

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