Vancouver Spine Care Centre 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 realize as we go about our daily lives. Vancouver Spine Care Centre keeps this connection in mind as we treat our Vancouver back pain sufferers’ spines and pay attention to their stories of pain and ways of coping. Vancouver chiropractic care at Vancouver Spine Care Centre respects the brain and spine connection and implement gentle, safe chiropractic services including spinal manipulation to ease pain affecting both.

BRAIN CHANGES IN Vancouver 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 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 reduce pain. (2) Depression, anxiety, cognitive deficits often accompany chronic constriction of the sciatic nerve because of its effect on the medial prefrontal cortex. (3) Spinal manipulation may be a way to address 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 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 Vancouver chiropractor’s head spinning a bit! What a subject! 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 malleable. Sure, the young developing brain 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 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 understanding of the brain contributes to the Vancouver 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 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 implied that treating chronic pain can restore normal brain functions. (6) Vancouver Spine Care Centre care for Vancouver back pain patients all day long. It is amazing to think that treatment might affect 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, illustrates in more depth how the cells of the body are constantly remodeling and adjusting to their ever-changing mechanical environment, and how chiropractic may intervene positively.

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

 
Vancouver Spine Care Centre shares at the connection between the brain and spine in back pain patients to better help them find pain relief. 
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