Moses Chiropractic Presents the Influence of the Brain/Spine Connection in Back Pain

The brain and the spine. They’re connected. They are connected more deeply than any of us appreciate as we go about our daily lives. Moses Chiropractic keeps this connection top-of-mind as we take care of our West Palm Beach back pain sufferers’ spines and pay attention to their stories of pain and ways of coping. West Palm Beach chiropractic care at Moses Chiropractic respects the brain and spine connection and use gentle, safe chiropractic services incorporating spinal manipulation to reduce pain concerning both.


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 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 due to its effect on the medial prefrontal cortex. (3) Spinal manipulation may be a means to deal with the brain changes in chronic pain and its associated issues.


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 West Palm Beach chiropractor’s mind spinning a little! What a subject! Without having to understand all these terms and measurements shared 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 proper input, the older, adult brain can transform. 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 occasional, new and different stimulation can spark 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 contributes to the West Palm Beach chiropractic treatment plan!


Just how is the chiropractic treatment plan affected with such information of the brain? Let us start by looking at the brain with chronic pain. The two brain regions that encode the intensity of painful stimuli 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 shown 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) Moses Chiropractic care for West Palm Beach back pain patients all day long. It is amazing to imagine 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 defines more plainly the brain and spine and pain connection, describes in more depth how the cells of the body are continually remodeling and adapting to their ever-changing mechanical environment, and how chiropractic may help.

Schedule a non-surgical West Palm Beach chiropractic care appointment with Moses Chiropractic for your pain, brain, and spine! The connection is there between pain and the brain. Moses Chiropractic can get in the center of those two and help you get some West Palm Beach pain relief.

Moses Chiropractic looks at the connection between the brain and spine in back pain patients to better help them find pain relief. 
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