by Todd Huffman
Scientists in Chicago have discovered new clues into what role the brain plays in chronic back pain. And chiropractors in San Diego are putting a new twist on the subject. The investigators in the study used magnetic resonance imaging brain scans to compare the morphology of 26 individuals with chronic back pain with 26 pain-free control subjects.
According to the report “patients with chronic back pain showed 5-11% less neocortical gray matter volume than control subjects. The magnitude of this decrease is equivalent to the gray matter volume lost in 10-20 years of normal aging. The decreased volume was related to pain duration, indicating a 1.3 cm (3) loss of gray matter for every year of chronic pain.”
The study also showed that chronic back pain patients had decreased gray matter density. “Our results imply that chronic back pain is accompanied by brain atrophy and suggest that the pathophysiology of chronic pain includes thalamocortical processes,” conclude the authors. Journal of Neuroscience – November 2004.
The study also showed that long-term back ache patients had decreased gray matter density. “Our results imply that long-term back ache is accompanied by mind atrophy and suggest that the pathophysiology of long-term ache includes thalamocortical processes,” conclude the authors. This was from the Journal of Neuroscience in November 2004.
It has been stated that for the control of low-back ache, chiropractic care is the most effective treatment, and it should be fully integrated into the government’s health care system.” This was noted in The Manga Report done in1993. Disc bulges and herniations have been shown to be reduced by chiropractic adjustments and spinal decompression treatment. Cervical and lumbar disc herniations are commonly encountered in clinical chiropractic practice.
Clinical studies and case reports have addressed the efficiency of chiropractic management for disc herniations and bulges. Imaging studies have shown disc re-absorption on follow-up CT or MRI subsequent to non-operative medical care.
Of the 27 patients studied by repeat MRI, VAS and physical exam, 22 or 80 percent had a good clinical outcome. This consisted of reduced VAS scores below 2 and resolution of the patient’s radicular ache. 17 of these 27 patients, or 63 percent, not only had a good clinical outcome but had evidence of resolution or decrease of disc herniations evident on repeated MRI. This was found in the study by Ben Eliyahu, DJ. “MRI Study of 27 Patients Receiving chiropractic care therapy for cervical and lumbar Disc herniations.” A paper presented at the Conference Proceedings of the Chiropractic Centennial Foundation, Washington, DC, July 1995.
When you get your spine adjusted, you remove pinching to the master control system of the body. That master control system is the nervous system. This enables the body and mind to function at their maximum potential. Chiropractic care by advanced chiropractic doctors and spinal decompression treatment has helped thousands of individuals suffering from back and leg ache. As you can read from this article, back ache causes more than just ache. It causes lost days from work, stress, and more. To learn more about chiropractic care and spinal decompression treatment; contact New Century Spine Centers in San Diego today.
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