Please watch the video, Central Sensitization after Auto Injury. This is one of the simplest explanations I have heard for the development of chronic pain. The video is specific for Auto Accident Injuries, but is really relevant to anyone who has suffered from chronic pain. Over the last 20 years, I have focused and specialized in the treatment of chronic pain (things like Fibromyalgia, Migraine Headaches, and chronic back and neck pain) as well as the acute treatment of injuries from auto accidents. While these appear on the surface to be two very different categories of patients, as this video explains they have a common connection of changes in the brain and nervous system. Our brain is a stimulus dependent organ, which means it needs constant input to stay healthy and function normally. While our senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, etc) generate some stimulus to the brain, the biggest stimulus, by far, is movement. Our body is constantly changing positions, adapting to changes as we standing, walk and run, constantly taking input from joints, tendons and muscles to figure out where we are in space and adjust accordingly so that we can stay upright and have good balance. All of these inputs are disrupted following an injury, whether its a car accident or chronic stress based on repetitive activities (like working on a computer for 8 or 10 hours daily). Once that happens, our brains begin to slowly adapt to the new environment, and makes corrections in response.
If these adaptations create more stress on the joints and other soft tissue then the body can heal wrong and create all types of negative consequences such as Central Sensitization (where the brain becomes more “receptive” to pain and premature degeneration of joints (arthritis) soft tissue (tendonitis, bursitis, etc) and brain (balance problems, dementia and Parkinsons). We cannot under value our ability to move, it not only keeps our brain healthy and reduces pain, it also affects our circulation, heart function, digestion, and hormonal balance. While chiropractic adjustments are not the answer to diseases, it is one of the single greatest benefits to improved health, reduced pain and brain function!!