I read an article about The National Institute of Health’s Human Connectome Project to unravel the brain’s connections. This 30 million dollar project will use cutting-edge brain imaging technologies to map the circuitry of the healthy adult human brain.
By collecting brain imaging data, the Human Connectome Project hopes to gain insight into how brain connections underlie brain function and a further understanding of how to treat brain disorders. One of the issues they will address is the neural basis of chronic pain disorders.
On reading this article, I was glad to hear that there’s money being spent towards exploring new treatment options for pain sufferers, given the chronic pain pandemic we’re in. And, in my response to the NIH article, I mentioned a post in which I wrote about an article in the Journal of Neuroscience:
In this article, investigators at Northwestern University’s School of Medicine discovered an alteration in brain function in people suffering from chronic pain. The investigators feel that this alteration in brain function may explain how chronic pain can trigger such symptoms as insomnia, depression, anxiety and/or mental sluggishness.
They explained that, in a person suffering from chronic pain, the front region of the brain is consistently active. This, they suggest, will prematurely wear out the neurons, altering their connections to one another. They believe this may lead to permanent brain damage and the symptoms I listed above.
In my response, what I suggested is that focal areas of hyperactivity (within the cerebral cortex of the brain) may result from ischemia (a decrease in the blood supply caused by a constriction or obstruction of the blood vessels) and that this cerebral ischemia is due to a forward head position.
A forward head position can compress the carotid arteries, which run along either side of the neck. Compressing these carotid arteries can diminish the flow of blood to the brain (much like a kink in a water hose can diminish the flow of water through the hose). Diminished blood flow can lead to cellular death in the brain. As a result, one can experience symptoms such as insomnia, depression, anxiety and/or mental sluggishness.
A forward head position can be part of a postural distortional pattern (poor posture), caused by two embryological foot structures – Rothbarts Foot and the PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity. That is, I suggest a problem originating in the feet can lead to changes in brain function and resulting chronic pain.
This forward head position can be effectively corrected using Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy. Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy uses a stimulation underneath the feet, which sends a signal to the brain. The brain, in turn, automatically corrects the bad posture and brings the forward head back over the spine. This opens up the carotid arteries allowing increased blood flow and oxygen to reach the brain.
When the head is in its correct position over the spine (and the brain is receiving sufficient blood flow and oxygen) brain function improves. This means that you can think better, your sleeping improves and your depression and anxiety go away.
For more information on the Forward Head Position, go to: How A Forward Head Position Leads To Debilitating Symptoms In The Brain.
As you learn more about my innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
If you would like to make an appointment with me to see if I can help you to permanently eliminate your lower back pain, go to: How To Schedule a Consultation.
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Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and the PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of International Academy of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Author of Forever Free From Chronic Pain and the Foots Connection to Chronic Pain