Is your back pain so bad you can’t think straight? Well, a study published in The Journal of Neuroscience in November, 2004 may have answered why.
Researchers found that the gray matter of the brain (the area that processes memory and information) can shrink up to 11% in one year in those with chronic back pain. That is the same amount of brain density that is lost in 10 to 20 years of normal aging which is equivalent to a loss of 1.3 centimeters of gray matter a year.
The good news is, the author of the study assumed any brain changes revert to a normal state after the pain stopped. Thus, Visiting your chiropractor is the smartest thing you could do.
Dr. Nicholas Baiata is a Manhattan chiropractor. You can call Dr. Baiata at (212) 343-3112 to schedule your visit.