Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC Presents the Influence of the Brain/Spine Connection in Back Pain05/05/2020The brain and the spine. They are connected. They are connected more deeply than any of us appreciate as we go about our daily lives. Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC keeps this connection top-of-mind as we take care of our Fort Wayne back pain sufferers’ spines and pay attention to their stories of pain and ways of coping. Fort Wayne chiropractic care at Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC respects the brain and spine connection and use gentle, safe chiropractic services including spinal manipulation to ease pain affecting both. BRAIN CHANGES IN Fort Wayne 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 examined after stimulating lumbar spinous processes with manipulation and demonstrated 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 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 associated issues. SHORT TERM STIMULATION’S EFFECT ON BRAIN Stimulating the brain even for a short time may impact 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 Fort Wayne chiropractor’s mind spinning a bit! What a topic! Without having to understand all these terms and measurements shared in the study, know that the study presented that the brain, even the adult brain, is malleable. Certainly, the young developing brain is most malleable, 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 needs to be done, but they did describe 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 discovered in musicians, Braille readers, and persons after spinal manipulation and stroke rehab. (4) This understanding of the brain informs the Fort Wayne chiropractic treatment plan! BRAIN CHANGES WITH CHRONIC PAIN Just how is the chiropractic treatment plan affected with such information of the brain? Let’s start by examining the brain with chronic pain. The two brain regions that encode the intensity of painful stimuli 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 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 may well reestablish normal brain functions. (6) Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC takes care of Fort Wayne back pain patients all day long. It is amazing to imagine that treatment might alter more than just the pain response! CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC 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 always-changing mechanical environment, and how chiropractic may help. Schedule a non-surgical Fort Wayne chiropractic care appointment with Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC for your pain, brain, and spine! The connection is there between pain and the brain. Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC can get in the center of those two and help you obtain some Fort Wayne pain relief. « View All Spine Articles"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."