Chiropractic Research Report – January 2, 2015
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 03:35 PM

By:  Craig Benton, D.C. 

Ok here is some different research on Chronic pain.  It is interesting that it showed that there are changes in the brain of patients that have chronic pain.
 
Changes in white matter in the brain
 
 
Here is decreased gray matter in the brain.
 
 
Here is another decreased gray matter associated with chronic fibromyalgia.
 
 
These studies show that there are changes in the brain in chronic pain patients and some show that if you relieve or reduce the pain these changes are reversible.   So it would appear that we are effecting brain activity just by relieving pain.  
This study in spine showed that Spinal manipulation and home exercises did better than home exercise or supervised exercises for chronic neck pain patients.
 

 

The VA used an evidenced based framework to try to decrease opioid therapy for Chronic Pain patients.  They were successful over a 4 year period with an increase in chiropractic and PT utilization and a decreased in pain management referrals. 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25355083

Chiropractic is much more than just a pinched nerve or dtysfunctioning joints.  How will we define chiropractic for future generations?