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Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre Presents the Influence of the Brain/Spine Connection in Back Pain

The brain and the spine. They’re connected. They’re connected more closely than any of us appreciate as we go about our daily lives. Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre keeps this connection in mind as we treat our Toronto back pain sufferers’ spines and pay attention to their stories of pain and ways of coping. Toronto chiropractic care at Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre respects the brain and spine connection and use gentle, safe chiropractic services including spinal manipulation to reduce pain concerning both.

BRAIN CHANGES IN Toronto 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 brain areas. (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 way to deal with 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 Toronto chiropractor’s mind spinning a bit! What a subject! 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. Sure, the young developing brain is most malleable, but with the proper input, the older, adult brain can change. 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 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 knowledge of the brain contributes to the Toronto chiropractic treatment plan!

BRAIN CHANGES WITH CHRONIC PAIN

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 indicated that treating chronic pain can restore normal brain functions. (6) Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre care for Toronto back pain patients all day long. It is amazing to think 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 clearly the brain and spine and pain connection, describes in more depth how the cells of the body are continually remodeling and adjusting to their ever-changing mechanical environment, and how chiropractic may help.

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

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