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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 push​es​ 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.

By |2018-06-03T19:07:55+00:00June 3rd, 2018|