Neck Pain, Low Back Pain and The Brain
by: Dr. Cornelius Stephens

Have you ever wondered—“Why my back and/or my neck hurt and I haven’t done anything to cause the pain?” The answer to that question lies in the brain. Neck and back pain that is not the result of an accident or lifting something, is due to a dysfunction that causes a disconnect between the brain and the muscles of the neck and low back. Involved in this dysfunction is the lack of information passing from the neck and back muscles to the brain and from the brain to the neck and back muscles.

This lack of communication causes the brain to lose site of the neck and back muscles making it difficult to monitor and regulate those muscles. Without proper monitoring and regulation, the neck and low back muscles are predisposed to weakness and injury. Using functional neurological therapies, chiropractic adjustments and dietary and life style changes, we are able to re-establish the communication between the brain and the low back muscles.

Scoliosis is a condition that causes an abnormal curvature of the spine. This abnormal curvature will cause the spine to bend more to the left or right resulting in a distortion of the posture. Occasionally one shoulder or pelvic bone can be higher than the other, or one scapula (shoulder blade) may protrude more outwards from the upper back than the other. These are visible signs of scoliosis. Sometimes these signs are not always apparent, but pain in the upper or lower back is always present with scoliosis.

If scoliosis is detected and treated before the person enters puberty, there is a very good possibility of halted and/or reverse scoliosis using conservative chiropractic treatments and physical therapy. Surgery to the spine is a more dramatic way of treating scoliosis. If it is not corrected before puberty, then the abnormal curvature is there for life. At this point, the use of conservative chiropractic treatments and physical therapy can, at best, prevent the abnormal curvature from getting worse.

When there is a dysfunction in the communication between the brain and the muscles of the back, the brain can’t regulate the back muscles well. The muscles on one side of the spine will pull harder than the ones on the other side of the spine.