Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center Presents the Influence of the Brain/Spine Connection in Back Pain

The brain and the spine. They are connected. They’re connected more closely than any of us realize as we go about our daily lives. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center keeps this connection top-of-mind as we treat our Paramus back pain sufferers’ spines and pay attention to their stories of pain and ways of coping. Paramus chiropractic care at Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center respects the brain and spine connection and use gentle, safe chiropractic services incorporating spinal manipulation to reduce pain concerning both.

BRAIN CHANGES IN Paramus 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 brain areas. (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 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 new study on Euclidean distance between cortical sources and temporal dynamics of plastic changes in the somatosensory cortex of the brain had even your Paramus chiropractor’s head spinning a bit! What a subject! 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 pliable. Sure, the young developing brain is most malleable, 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 occasional, 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 informs the Paramus 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 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 suggested that treating chronic pain may well restore normal brain functions. (6) Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center treats Paramus back pain patients all day long. It is amazing to think that treatment might affect 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, illustrates 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 Paramus chiropractic care appointment with Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center for your pain, brain, and spine! The connection is there between pain and the brain. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center can get in the middle of those two and help you obtain some Paramus pain relief.

 
Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center shares at the connection between the brain and spine in back pain patients to better help them find pain relief. 
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