November 2019 Healthy News: Brain Care Tips from Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC SPINAL MANIPULATION AND BRAIN FUNCTION The brain is a marvelous organ. It is like a computer for the body processing input and sending output every second of life for each of us humans in Fort Wayne. Pain alters its function to protect the body. In chronic low back pain, pain the Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC cares for daily, the brain’s dorsolateral prefrontal cortex shrinks in addition to brain gray matter reduction and cognitive ability impairment. Treating chronic pain is found to help the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex thicken after treatment. Research like this suggests that treating chronic pain can restore normal brain function. (1) Spinal manipulation benefits chronic low back pain sufferers with their expectation of pain and fear of movement. Using MRI to study the brain function in such patients, researchers documented that spinal manipulation has an effect on pain, expected pain, fear of exercise and movement as well as other related brain responses. (2) Further, chiropractic spinal adjustments were found to potentially adjust central processing of pain and unpleasantness. (3) Certainly, research in this area of spinal manipulation effects on the brain and its function is evolving. It suggests that the changes occur in brain function with a call for more analysis of these changes. (4) The potential for spinal manipulation to affect such issues is very exciting to your Fort Wayne chiropractor at Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC and our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients like you! Listen to this Podcast with Dr. Nike Taylor on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson about how the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management addresses chronic low back pain to improve sufferers’ quality of life. TIP OF THE MONTH: Take Care of Your Brain Brain health, physical ability, and sleep quality are related to life enjoyment. Researchers relate that exercise exerts influence on the brain and its processes. Physical activity of any type is a cost-effective and good way to boost brain health. The question is which exercise is best for each person? Researchers want to understand how gender, genetics and other factors affect brain function. (5) Sleep quality, mental health, and physical activity are demonstrated to affect a person’s sense of quality of life. (6) Sleep, exercise as you like, and enjoy life to maintain your brain’s active state and health! CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC Schedule your next Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment today with Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC. Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC is grateful for your trust in chiropractic and in our Fort Wayne chiropractic practice to care for you, your spine, your family, your friends, and your brain! "This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page."