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Pain Occurs in the Brain

by | Jun 18, 2019 | Handouts

Pain is real. But pain could not occur without the brain. Tissue injury or tissue damage trigger pain in the brain through the nervous system. Chiropractic is effective in helping people with pain because of the adjustment’s influence on the nervous system. Though the mechanism for why and how it works is much different than most people understand. This study evaluated the regions of the brain influenced by a spinal adjustment. The findings were significant and as follows.

  • Spinal adjustive care is commonly used when managing patients with neck and back pain.
  • The rationale regarding the use of spinal adjustive care has long been supported by the clinical opinion that a mechanical effect on the spine leads to a therapeutically mechanical change within the spine.
  • Spinal adjustive care may be mediated at the level of the central nervous system.
  • Evoked pain intensity and neurologic pain signal activation significantly decreased following spinal adjustive care.
  • Changes in evoked pain and neurologic pain signal activation were significantly correlated.
  • Activation within the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex and secondary somatosensory cortex were significantly decreased following spinal adjustive care.
  • Changes in evoked pain intensity were significantly correlated to the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex and secondary somatosensory cortex activation.
  • The findings suggest that spinal adjustive care may alter the processing of noxious sensory information from the periphery within pain related brain regions. This demonstrates that the change in neurological pain activation is associated with the change in perceived pain intensity.

One of the most revolutionary and effective interventions which provide pain relief is a chiropractic adjustment. A chiropractic adjustment improves the mobility and alignment of the spine. Because the spine is intimately connected to the central nervous system, movement is necessary for appropriate feeling and function. Chiropractic adjustments improve specific areas of the brain which allow relief to occur. This study adds to the substantial evidence that spinal adjustments work in pain reduction, mostly due to inhibiting pain processing regions of the brain. A chiropractic adjustment achieves unique results with patients suffering from pain because of its influence on the central nervous system. All pain sufferers deserve to know about and have access to chiropractic care.

This is based upon the significance of the 2019 study published in the Journal of Pain called “Decreased Neurological Pain Signature Activation Following Thoracic Spine Manipulation in Healthy Volunteers.”

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