Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office 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 appreciate as we go about our daily lives. Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office keeps this connection top-of-mind as we treat our Groton back pain sufferers’ spines and listen to their stories of pain and ways of coping. Groton chiropractic care at Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office respects the brain and spine connection and use gentle, safe chiropractic services including spinal manipulation to reduce pain affecting both.


Pain changes the brain. A person in pain knows it. Special tests today can reveal it. BOLD (blood oxygen level dependent) responses were analyzed after stimulating lumbar spinous processes with manipulation and exhibited activity in the secondary somatosensory cortex, cerebellum and other parts of the brain. (1) Motor cortex stimulation triggers 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 address the brain changes in chronic pain and its related issues.


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 Groton chiropractor’s head spinning a little! What a subject! 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 impressionable. Of course, the young developing brain is most impressionable, but with the proper input, the older, adult brain can transform. 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 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 knowledge of the brain contributes to the Groton chiropractic treatment plan!


Just how is the chiropractic treatment plan influenced by 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 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 implied that treating chronic pain can restore normal brain functions. (6) Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office takes care of Groton back pain patients all day long. It’s amazing to think that treatment might affect 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 plainly the brain and spine and pain connection, describes in more depth how the cells of the body are continually remodeling and adjusting to their always-changing mechanical environment, and how chiropractic may intervene positively.

Schedule a non-surgical Groton chiropractic care appointment with Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office for your pain, brain, and spine! The connection is there between pain and the brain. Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office can get in the center of those two and help you obtain some Groton pain relief.

Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office shares at the connection between the brain and spine in back pain patients to better help them find pain relief. 
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