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Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. Presents the Influence of the Brain/Spine Connection in Back Pain

The brain and the spine. They’re connected. They’re connected more closely than any of us realize as we go about our daily lives. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. keeps this connection in mind as we treat our Auburn back pain sufferers’ spines and pay attention to their stories of pain and ways of coping. Auburn chiropractic care at Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. respects the brain and spine connection and use gentle, safe chiropractic services incorporating spinal manipulation to reduce pain affecting both.

BRAIN CHANGES IN Auburn 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 demonstrated 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 way 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 impact 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 Auburn chiropractor’s mind spinning a bit! What a subject! Without having to understand 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 developing brain is most impressionable, but with the appropriate input, the older, adult brain can transform. The researchers in this study took measurements before and after stimulation and compared them on MRI. They saw a difference. More research needs to be done, but they did explain that long term experience establishes cortical organization while transient, new and different stimulation can trigger 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 contributes to the Auburn chiropractic treatment plan!

BRAIN CHANGES WITH CHRONIC PAIN

Just how is the chiropractic treatment plan affected with 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 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 implied that treating chronic pain may well reestablish normal brain functions. (6) Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. care for Auburn back pain patients all day long. It is amazing to think that treatment might modify 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, describes in more depth how the cells of the body are continually remodeling and adjusting to their ever-changing mechanical environment, and how chiropractic may help.

Schedule a non-surgical Auburn chiropractic care appointment with Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. for your pain, brain, and spine! The connection is there between pain and the brain. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. can get in the middle of those two and help you obtain some Auburn pain relief.

 
Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. shares at the connection between the brain and spine in back pain patients to better help them find pain relief. 
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