Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation Presents the Influence of the Brain/Spine Connection in Back Pain

The brain and the spine. They are connected. They are connected more closely than any of us appreciate as we go about our daily lives. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation keeps this connection top-of-mind as we treat our Baton Rouge back pain sufferers’ spines and listen to their stories of pain and ways of coping. Baton Rouge chiropractic care at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation respects the brain and spine connection and use gentle, safe chiropractic services including spinal manipulation to reduce pain concerning both.

BRAIN CHANGES IN Baton Rouge BACK PAIN

Pain changes the brain. A person in pain feels 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 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 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 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 Baton Rouge chiropractor’s mind spinning a little! 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 pliable. Sure, the young brain in development is most impressionable, but with the appropriate 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 seen in musicians, Braille readers, and persons after spinal manipulation and stroke rehab. (4) This knowledge of the brain informs the Baton Rouge chiropractic treatment plan!

BRAIN CHANGES WITH CHRONIC PAIN

Just how is the chiropractic treatment plan influenced by such knowledge of the brain? Let us start by looking at the brain with chronic pain. The two brain regions that encode the intensity of pain 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. Post-treatment, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is thicker. To the researchers, this indicated that treating chronic pain can restore normal brain functions. (6) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation treats Baton Rouge 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 constantly remodeling and adapting to their ever-changing mechanical environment, and how chiropractic may help.

Schedule a non-surgical Baton Rouge chiropractic care appointment with Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation for your pain, brain, and spine! The connection is there between pain and the brain. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation can get in the center of those two and help you get some Baton Rouge pain relief.

 
Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation looks at the connection between the brain and spine in back pain patients to better help them find pain relief. 
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