Neurology Research

Neuroscience & Functional Neurology Research Studies

Back Pain and Decreased Brain Function

How does back pain cause decreased brain function?

Patients with Chronic (long term) Back Pain showed 5–11% less neocortical (brain) gray matter volume than control subjects. Simply put – this study shows the connection between back pain and decreased brain function. This type of brain loss is equivalent to the gray matter volume lost in 10 –20 years of normal aging.

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Back pain and decreased brain function
Back pain & decreased brain function

Monumental studies like this have begun to illustrate the strong, holistic connection between the brain & body, which is something chiropractic prides itself on. And our chiropractic approach does exactly this – focuses on a thorough, holistic way of assessing & treating.

With back pain being so common, treatment & relief options can make it hard to know who to see.

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Importance of Stress

When we think about stress, we often associate it to a negative response. Maybe because we are conditioned in society to look out for stressful situations or the negative effects stress can have on our health. Either way, we actually need stress. Here’s why…stress

Simply put, without stress we would die! Stress is part of our survival mechanism. When we encounter a stressful situation, our body automatically goes into “fight” mode, which involves various bodily functions aimed at dealing with the stressful situation. An example is if a pedestrian suddenly appears on the road in front of you whilst driving, you automatically go into a state of readiness by activating the sympathetic nervous system (“fight” mode). Things like the dilation of your pupils so you can see better & increase in heart rate and blood flow to the muscles so you can use them quicker. Once the stressful situation has passed, the body settles back to it’s previous state – unless of course we allow the stress to remain!

So intermittent, short acting stressful responses are quite healthy, but don’t let them take over your life.

Mobile phones found to affect brain metabolism

Does using a cell phone have an effect on the brain?

According to a 2011 study titled “Effects of Cell Phone Radio frequency Signal Exposure on Brain Glucose Metabolism,” the answer is absolutely. The study examined the effect of cell phone use on the brain by utilizing positron emission tomography (PET) on 47 participants.

Cell phones were placed against the ears of the participants for a period of 50 minutes while PET scans measured brain activity. Two scans were performed: one while the phones were off and a second time while the phones were on. The PET scans were used to detect the effect of the cell phone radiation on the brain’s glucose metabolism.

The glucose metabolism affects every area of the brain and is associated with cellular and behavioral brain function. It plays a role in memory and cognition, as well as diseases such as schizophrenia, stroke and diabetes.