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Malverne Health & Wellness Presents the Influence of the Brain/Spine Connection in Back Pain

The brain and the spine. They are connected. They’re connected more deeply than any of us appreciate as we go about our daily lives. Malverne Health & Wellness keeps this connection in mind as we take care of our Malverne back pain sufferers’ spines and listen to their stories of pain and ways of coping. Malverne chiropractic care at Malverne Health & Wellness respects the brain and spine connection and use gentle, safe chiropractic services including spinal manipulation to reduce pain affecting both.

BRAIN CHANGES IN Malverne 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 analyzed after stimulating lumbar spinous processes with manipulation and demonstrated activity in the secondary somatosensory cortex, cerebellum and other parts of the brain. (1) Motor cortex stimulation provokes a spinal anti-inflammatory response to reduce pain. (2) Depression, anxiety, cognitive deficits often accompany 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 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 Malverne 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 malleable. Certainly, the young brain in development is most malleable, 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 noticed 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 trigger 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 knowledge of the brain informs the Malverne chiropractic treatment plan!

BRAIN CHANGES WITH CHRONIC PAIN

Just how is the chiropractic treatment plan influenced by such knowledge of the brain? Let’s start by examining the brain with chronic pain. The two brain regions that encode the intensity of painful stimuli 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 discovered to be thinner in chronic low back pain patients. Post-treatment, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is thicker. To the researchers, this implied that treating chronic pain can reestablish normal brain functions. (6) Malverne Health & Wellness takes care of Malverne back pain patients all day long. It is amazing to imagine that treatment might modify 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, describes 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 Malverne chiropractic care appointment with Malverne Health & Wellness for your pain, brain, and spine! The connection is there between pain and the brain. Malverne Health & Wellness can get in the middle of those two and help you obtain some Malverne pain relief.

 
Malverne Health & Wellness looks at the connection between the brain and spine in back pain patients to better help them find pain relief. 
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