• Julian Simpson

Chiropractic & Central Afferent Inhibition: A Chiropractic Care Path & Mechanism for Chronic Pain,

Chiropractic & Central Afferent Inhibition: A Chiropractic Care Path & Mechanism for Chronic Pain, Tremors, Spatial and Inhibitory Distortion

Recent studies have shown that chronic pain harms the cortical areas unrelated to pain, long term pain alters the functional connectivity of cortical regions known to be active at rest.

MRI of back pain patients who perform a simple task, showed that these patients had had decrease brain function and shows that there could be a link between the default mode network and cognitive and behavioural impairments

The default mode of brain function is the existence of a resting state in which the brain remained active in an organised matter. The default mode network is disrupted in Autism, Alzheimers, depression and ADHD.

Potential changes in the default mode network could be related to symptoms commonly exhibited by chronic pain patients like depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances.

Studies show that there is significantly less deactivations in chronic back pain patients than healthy subjects in pre frontal cortex, amygdala and posterior cingulate/ cuneate cortexes.

Patient’s exhibit increased pre-frontal cortex activity in relation to spontaneous pain, in addition to dorsolateral prefrontal cortex atrophy. Therefore, the decreased deactivations described here may be related to the dorsolateral pre-frontal cortex /pre-frontal cortex mutual inhibitory interactions perturbed with time

Recent Chiropractic studies have found after several weeks of chiropractic care in chronic pain patients, found that they have a improvement in gating of peripheral afferent input to the brain, and improving cortical motor areas and improving processing of motor programs.

References:

2. Haavik, H., Niazi, I. K., Holt, K., & Murphy, B. (2017). Effects of 12 Weeks of Chiropractic Care on Central Integration of Dual Somatosensory Input in Chronic Pain Patients: A Preliminary Study. Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics, 40(3), 127-138.

3. Restuccia, D., Valeriani, M., Barba, C., Le Pera, D., Bentivoglio, A., Albanese, A. & Tonali, P. (2003). Abnormal gating of somatosensory inputs in essential tremor. Clinical neurophysiology, 114(1), 120-129.

4. Baliki N., Geha P., Apkarian A., Chialvo D., (2008) Beyond Feeling: Chronic Pain Hurts the Brain, disrupting the Default-Mode Network Dynamics, Journal of Neurosciences 28(6) 1398-1403


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