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Chronic Back Pain Linked to “Pain Processing” Area in The Brain

Researchers in Germany have discovered a link between chronic back pain to changes in the areas of the brain which process feelings of pain.

According to the researchers, within the brains of people with chronic back pain are higher stimuli in the microstructure of the pain-processing area. This discovery may actually shed a light of hope on the possibility of chronic back pain being a treatable condition, the researchers say.

A brain image-mapping technique called Diffusion Tensor Imaging was used during the study to compare the brains of those suffering from chronic back pains with healthy volunteers.

To accurately assess whether simulation in the microstructure is created by back pain or the cause itself, the researchers said more information was needed.

The pain-processing area of the brain is located in the part of the primary sensory cortex within the parietal lobe of the brain known as the somatosensory system, which also affects feelings of emotion and stress. Congruent to that, people who suffer from chronic back pain are at higher risk of depression.

“DTI may help explain what’s happening for some of these patients, and direct therapeutic attention from the spine to the brain,” said study co-author Gustav Schelling of the Department of Anaesthesiology at Munich University.

Perhaps we can now take steps toward focusing some of attention on our brains to help people who suffer from chronic back pain.

Folks, this could be a big breakthrough in the methods used to treat chronic back pain effectively. Until the necessary information is obtained with regard to this matter, some natural supplements you can take for back pain include:

Calcium (need for strong bones), Magnesium (works with calcium), Vitamin D (aids absorption of calcium and magnesium), Zinc (required for proteim synthesis), L-Proline (amino acid that heals cartilage), Essential Fatty acids (helps keep muscles flexible), and Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids (essential for collagen formation).

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Comment from Pat
Time March 6, 2007 at 1:25 pm

L-Proline Heals cartildge who would have known that . I sure needed to see that I been searching for something for my cartilage for a long time, according to the Doctors “there is no cure for it” I KNEW THERE WAS THANKS FOR SHARING.

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