Pain in the Brain

September 16, 2013 by
Filed under: Research, Spinewave Bulletin 

top_down_brain“Where it is, it ain’t.”

A famous expression by the developer of motion palpation, Belgian chiropractor Henri Gillet, referring to the complexity of pain.

I don’t have enough good things to say about this lecture below. Not only because it discusses concepts central to my Master’s study on mindfulness and nociception (the ability to feel pain), but the idea that for clinicians dealing with pain and any chronic or dysmorphic problem, you need to consider disruptions in the brain’s ability to process incoming information – and how to deal with it.

The brain decides whether something is painful or not. Pain is not always where the problem is. For example: I saw a client last week with years of chronic low back pain. After a specific adjustment to C2, he has had no pain. A perfect example of pain modulation from the brain down. For more on this, read Tricky Concepts in Pain.

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