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Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic 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. Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic keeps this connection in mind as we treat our Montreal back pain sufferers’ spines and listen to their stories of pain and ways of coping. Montreal chiropractic care at Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic respects the brain and spine connection and implement gentle, safe chiropractic services including spinal manipulation to ease pain affecting both.

BRAIN CHANGES IN Montreal BACK PAIN

Pain changes the brain. A person in pain feels it. Special tests today can reveal it. BOLD (blood oxygen level dependent) responses were examined after stimulating lumbar spinous processes with manipulation and exhibited activity in the secondary somatosensory cortex, cerebellum and other brain areas. (1) Motor cortex stimulation provokes a spinal anti-inflammatory response to decrease 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 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 Montreal 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. Certainly, the young brain in development is most impressionable, but with the appropriate 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 should be done, but they did describe that long term experience establishes cortical organization while transient, new and different stimulation can trigger cortical reorganization of the adult brain. Such changes have been seen in musicians, Braille readers, and persons after spinal manipulation and stroke rehab. (4) This understanding of the brain contributes to the Montreal chiropractic treatment plan!

BRAIN CHANGES WITH CHRONIC PAIN

Just how is the chiropractic treatment plan affected with such knowledge 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 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. After treatment, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is thicker. To the researchers, this suggested that treating chronic pain may well restore normal brain functions. (6) Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic treats Montreal back pain patients all day long. It’s 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 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 help.

Schedule a non-surgical Montreal chiropractic care appointment with Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic for your pain, brain, and spine! The connection is there between pain and the brain. Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic can get in the center of those two and help you get some Montreal pain relief.

 
Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic looks at the connection between the brain and spine in back pain patients to better help them find pain relief. 
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