The Novelli Wellness Center Presents the Influence of the Brain/Spine Connection in Back Pain

The brain and the spine. They are connected. They’re connected more deeply than any of us realize as we go about our daily lives. The Novelli Wellness Center keeps this connection in mind as we treat our Buffalo, NY back pain sufferers’ spines and listen to their stories of pain and ways of coping. Buffalo, NY chiropractic care at The Novelli Wellness Center respects the brain and spine connection and use gentle, safe chiropractic services including spinal manipulation to ease pain affecting both.

BRAIN CHANGES IN Buffalo, NY BACK PAIN

Pain changes the brain. A person in pain feels it. Special tests today can show 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 brain areas. (1) Motor cortex stimulation triggers a spinal anti-inflammatory response to decrease 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 deal with 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 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 Buffalo, NY chiropractor’s head spinning a little! What a topic! 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 malleable. Of course, the young brain in development is most impressionable, but with the proper input, the older, adult brain can transform. The researchers in this study measured and compared the brain’s cortical size 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 transient, new and different stimulation can spark cortical reorganization of the adult brain. Such changes have been noted in musicians, Braille readers, and persons after spinal manipulation and stroke rehab. (4) This knowledge of the brain informs the Buffalo, NY chiropractic treatment plan!

BRAIN CHANGES WITH CHRONIC PAIN

Just how is the chiropractic treatment plan influenced by 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 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 discovered to be thinner in chronic low back pain patients. After treatment, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is thicker. To the researchers, this indicated that treating chronic pain can reestablish normal brain functions. (6) The Novelli Wellness Center treats Buffalo, NY back pain patients all day long. It’s amazing to think that treatment might alter 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 clearly the brain and spine and pain connection, illustrates in more depth how the cells of the body are continually remodeling and adapting to their always-changing mechanical environment, and how chiropractic may intervene positively.

Schedule a non-surgical Buffalo, NY chiropractic care appointment with The Novelli Wellness Center for your pain, brain, and spine! The connection is there between pain and the brain. The Novelli Wellness Center can get in the middle of those two and help you get some Buffalo, NY pain relief.

 
The Novelli Wellness 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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