Back Pain Relief Better Back Through Better Brain.
This is Dr. Jean-Marc Slak in Burlington and I have some really cool, fresh studies here. Both of these studies were done with controlled patients, double-blinded. Both of these studies utilized MRIs, to look at changes in the brain. For a long time, it’s been known that adjusting the spine is a very effective way of dealing with back pain, neck pain, low back pain. It is more effective than anything else recorded for chronic conditions. And most people who have problems like that are chronic.
In these two studies, the authors took MRIs of the subjects. Fascinatingly, not of the back where the pain was, not the neck where the pain was, they MRIed the brain. And what they showed is that when people get adjusted, the changes that take place that result in relief of pain and ongoing improved function, which means that they can go back to work, they can sit comfortably again, they can pick up their grandchildren, they can drive, they can take care of the house, they can do the recreational activities that they’re want to do. They can go back to playing sports. Those changes are taking place in the brain.
What happens is that when you get injured, regardless of where the injury is, changes happen in the brain. It is called neuroplasticity. The areas that control pain, the part of the brain that generates pain signals, become hypersensitive. After the injury, these regions of the brain send out pain signals all the time. Very quickly, you go from acute processing to chronic processing, where the pain signal generation is just hypersensitized. What adjustments do is bring that sensitivity down. Chiropractic adjustments leverage the body’s wonderful ability to rebuild itself, that our nervous system has, neuroplasticity, to make it function better. Adjustments lower the experience of pain, improve the physiological function. Adjustments help the patient return to a higher level of function and comfort. This is what happens when you get adjusted. Your brain works better and you get healthier. I can’t wait to do that with you.
I’m Dr. Jean-Marc Slak right here in Burlington. See you soon.