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Dr. Webster and I discuss how chiropractic is going beyond improving the function of individual joints.
A growing body of evidence indicates that injury, pain, and inflammation from back pain not only affect the individual joints involved or a region of the spine but also has a significant impact on the function and structure of both the sensory and motor brain function.
How can the pain/brain connection affect memory, language skills, cognitive function, decision-making, and appraisal, in chronic back pain patients?
Compelling new evidence demonstrates reduced gray matter (fewer brain cells) in numerous parts of the brain in people with chronic back pain.
How can chiropractic manipulation and motor-skill training affect someone long-term?
What happens when someone delays needed surgery or physical therapy and pushes through chronic pain?
Episodes of acute pain with injury may induce plastic changes in the sensorimotor system including dysfunctional motor control of spinal joint segments.
Are there any lasting effects after the symptom of pain is gone?
In 2010 it was found that a single session of spinal manipulation applied to dysfunctional cervical joints resulted in improved sensory responses in subjects with recurring neck pain and stiffness.
Is there evidence that these therapies can be helpful with other conditions associated with brain health?
While some of this info can be a little technical, Dr. Webster does a great job of breaking it out.