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Maigne Syndrome: Sciatica of the Thoraco-Lumbar Junction - Illinois Chiropractic Society 12/29/2022

Maigne Syndrome: Sciatica of the Thoraco-Lumbar Junction - Illinois Chiropractic Society

Maigne syndrome is an often misdiagnosed source of lower back pain. This is a great article everyone with back pain should read.

Maigne Syndrome: Sciatica of the Thoraco-Lumbar Junction - Illinois Chiropractic Society Maigne syndrome is an often-overlooked source of lower back, hip, and groin discomfort. Spinal dysfunction leading to pain and degeneration is common at


The organization of a child’s brain is affected by early experiences.

Why would the brain create more synapses than it needs, only to discard the extras?

The answer lies in the interplay of genetic and environmental factors in brain development.

The early stages of development are strongly affected by genetic factors; for example, genes direct newly formed neurons to their correct locations in the brain and play a role in how they interact.

However, although they arrange the basic wiring of the brain, genes do not design the brain completely.

Instead, genes allow the brain to fine-tune itself according to the input it receives from the environment.

A child’s senses report to the brain about her environment and experiences, and this input stimulates neural activity. Speech sounds, for example, stimulate activity in language-related brain regions. If the amount of input increases (if more speech is heard) synapses between neurons in that area will be activated more often.

Repeated use strengthens a synapse. Synapses that are rarely used remain weak and are more likely to be eliminated in the pruning process.

Synapse strength contributes to the connectivity and efficiency of the networks that support learning, memory, and other cognitive abilities.

Therefore, a child’s experiences not only determine what information enters her brain, but also influence how her brain processes information.

Genes provide a blueprint for the brain, but a child’s environment and experiences carry out the construction.

The excess of synapses produced by a child’s brain in the first three years makes the brain especially responsive to external input.

During this period, the brain can “capture” experience more efficiently than it will be able to later, when the pruning of synapses is underway.

The brain’s ability to shape itself – called plasticity – lets humans adapt more readily and more quickly than we could if genes alone determined our wiring.

The process of blooming and pruning, far from being wasteful, is actually an efficient way for the brain to achieve optimal development.

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How Chiropractors Provide Back Pain Relief 12/23/2022

How Chiropractors Provide Back Pain Relief

Cleveland Clinic advises Chiropractic for Back pain.

How Chiropractors Provide Back Pain Relief Manual therapy offers relief without the unwanted side effects of medication


The role of the vagus nerve in fibromyalgia syndrome

Fibromyalgia (FM) syndrome is a common illness characterized by chronic widespread pain, sleep problems, fatigue, and cognitive difficulties. Dysfunctional neurotransmitter systems that influence the body’s endogenous stress response systems are thought to underlie many of the major FM-related symptoms. A model of FM pathogenesis suggests biological and psychosocial variables interact to influence the genetic predisposition, but the precise mechanisms remain unclear. The Polyvagal Theory provides a theoretical framework from which to investigate potential biological mechanisms.

The vagus nerve (VN) has anti-inflammatory properties via its afferent and efferent fibers. A low vagal tone (as assessed by low heart rate variability), has been observed in painful and inflammatory diseases, including FM, while the ventral branch of the VN is linked to emotional expression and social engagement. These anti-inflammatory and psychological (limbic system) properties of the VN may possess therapeutic potential in treating FM.


Timeline photos 04/14/2022

Timeline photos

A Functional Medicine approach to IBS. IBS is a GI disorder that features abdominal pain or discomfort associated with bowel changes. Other possible symptoms associated with IBS are gas and bloating. Many patients who suffer from IBS may also suffer from dysbiosis, SIBO, or underlying food sensitivities. If you suffer with IBS, or think you might suffer with IBS, give us a call!




Deep sleep drives brain fluid oscillations

Getting enough quality sleep at the right times helps protect physical and mental health. Slow-wave sleep (SWS) represents high-intensity sleep and predominates in the first part of the night. Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep accompanies dreaming and is not influenced by prior sleep or waking and shows a rhythmicity with the body clock (circadian rhythm) (1): Sleep starts with a light form of SWS, progresses to deeper SWS and then shallow SWS, and concludes with REM sleep before beginning a new cycle (2). During SWS, the cerebral blood flow is reduced by 25%, which lowers cerebral blood volume (CBV) by ∼10% (3). Fultz et al. (4) show that this reduction in CBV in the human brain allows inflow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to the third and fourth ventricles—fluid-filled cavities in the central brain—which may facilitate communication between fluid compartments and clearance of waste products.



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Among U.S. adults prescribed opioids, 59% reported having back pain. Chiropractic care provides a safe, drug-free and effective solution to managing back pain.


Chiropractic care improves neuromusculoskeletal pain, enhances movement and boosts overall health naturally.


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