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

The brain and the spine. They’re connected. They’re connected more deeply than any of us appreciate as we go about our daily lives. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa keeps this connection in mind as we treat our West Des Moines back pain sufferers’ spines and pay attention to their stories of pain and ways of coping. West Des Moines chiropractic care at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa respects the brain and spine connection and implement gentle, safe chiropractic services including spinal manipulation to reduce pain concerning both.

BRAIN CHANGES IN West Des Moines 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 parts of the brain. (1) Motor cortex stimulation provokes a spinal anti-inflammatory response to decrease pain. (2) Depression, anxiety, cognitive deficits often come with 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 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 West Des Moines chiropractor’s head spinning a bit! What a topic! Without having to grasp all these terms and measurements shared in the study, know that the study presented that the brain, even the adult brain, is impressionable. Of course, the young developing brain is most impressionable, but with the proper input, the older, adult brain can change. The researchers in this study took measurements 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 transient, new and different stimulation can spark 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 informs the West Des Moines 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 indicated that treating chronic pain may well restore normal brain functions. (6) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa care for West Des Moines back pain patients all day long. It’s amazing to think 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 plainly the brain and spine and pain connection, describes in more depth how the cells of the body are continually remodeling and adapting to their ever-changing mechanical environment, and how chiropractic may intervene positively.

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

 
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa shares at the connection between the brain and spine in back pain patients to better help them find pain relief. 
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