Category: All Conditions

June 20, 2017

How ongoing chronic pain can affect the brain

In the past couple of years, it has become evident that chronic pain can lead to brain damage and deterioration in the body. This includes damage to the central nervous system, which impacts motor and sensory function, and neurochemical systems. This damage to the brain tissue is measurable and quantifiable, making immediate and precise treatment of chronic pain essential for preventing your chronic pain from causing further health issues.

There are several studies that show the effect that specific chronic pain conditions have on the brain. These conditions include headaches, fibromyalgia, back pain, and irritable bowel syndrome. While it may seem logical to use pain reducing medication to treat the symptoms of your chronic pain, this medication doesn’t have the same positive influence on the brain as treating the neurological component of your chronic pain to establish better health in the long-term.

One of the primary studies conducted on this topic, studying the effects of lower back pain on the brain, was done at North Western University by Dr. Apkarian — a Professor of Physiology. The results showed that up to an 11% shrinkage in the brain occurred as a result of chronic pain.  What’s also interesting is that the loss that occurred in the pre-frontal cortex and the thalamus (a vital structure of the brain that involves sensory and motor signal relay and regulates consciousness and sleep) was related to the amount of time the person was in pain.

For every year of pain suffered, there was a 1.3 cm² of decrease in the grey matter (the grey matter is the outer portion of the brain which contains all the cell bodies). The good news, however, is that the loss of the cortical thickening, or the outer layer of the brain, did not cause any neuron loss, and therefore with proper treatment the damage can be reversed.

Those of us who have been exposed to the pain and suffering of patients can identify with the fact that brain damage is becoming more and more profound.  Furthermore, patients who have been suffering from pain often present with an alteration to their sensitivity and their sensory interpretation of odor, taste, heat, emotions, and touch to varying degrees, due to the fact that they have often been compromised for many years. In fact, much of our clinical observations have now been backed by further studies concluding that patients who have been suffering from pain for a prolonged period are not able to process stimuli in a normal fashion. This relates to the way that the forebrain (the portion of our head that we touch to check our temperature) is able to process dopamine and opioids. What appears to be altered due to chronic pain are the brain receptors for these neurotransmitters indicating that chronic pain is not just a condition that requires treatment of symptoms, but a disease that needs a holistic approach to treat the underlying cause of the pain.

In our KKT clinics we often see patients display a positive change in their attitudes, their memory, their vision, their self-esteem, and their whole persona often comes back to life after a few months of care. These positive effects relate to a separate study of patients who were able to regain some of the brain function they lost as a result of their long standing chronic pain.

KKT’s state-of-the-art technology is designed to return your body to its peak state through a comprehensive treatment and post-treatment plan. If followed consistently, KKT’s treatment is often more effective and less invasive than other invasive treatments which often don’t treat the underlying cause of your pain.

If you are concerned about the symptoms or physical pain you are experiencing, a comprehensive diagnostic assessment by a KKT physician will determine if you require treatment. Click here to find your nearest KKT clinic and book an appointment.

 

Posted in All Conditions by KKT Team
December 5, 2016

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. Conditions range from mild to severe and in many cases the abnormalities are visually apparent. Scoliosis may either be genetically based or result from a degenerative joint condition in the spine. Most commonly, it is a cumulative effect of these two factors.

Despite the seriousness of the condition, many individuals with scoliosis may experience no apparent symptoms other than vague muscle back pain and stiffness.

THE EFFECT OF KKT ON SCOLIOSIS

KKT is a non-invasive scoliosis treatment that can be used to override the body’s internal sensory  defenses and relax the surrounding muscles. Otherwise these muscles can contract asymmetrically depending on the mag1nitude of the spinal curve and eventually lead to visual imbalances. Because the curved (scoliotic) spine compresses and rotates three-dimensionally, it must be clinically treated in such a manner as to correct the rotation. By repositioning the vertebrae to a more natural position and re-balancing the spine, early disease correction and prevention of a hyper rotated state is achieved. The KKT process also plays an integral role in stimulating the connective tissues of the spine to promote cellular regeneration.

The full treatment program also includes specifically prescribed dynamic spine mobilization  exercises, which assist the KKT process noted above. The computer generated exercises draw their  input from specific x-ray data.

KKT takes an act ive, rather than passive, approach to treatment. Where traditional treatment allows patients to become dependent on their braces and potentially deteriorate into muscular atrophy and weakness, often leading to surgery, KKT treatment generates greater mobility, immediate spinal  corrections and the time to regenerates unbalanced muscles, joints and bones.

KKT provides patients with renewed hope and is paving the way to preventing the detrimental effects of Scoliosis.

SIGNS OF POTENTIAL CONCERN

  • Uneven hips and waist resulting in escalating discomfort
  • A deformity in the chest causing uneven shoulder blades and a rib hump
  • Shoulders are different heights and one shoulder blade is more prominent
  • Unevenness to breasts
  • Entire body leans to one side

If you have any of these symptoms or related concerns, please schedule a visit to a KKT Centre near you for a thorough assessment.

It’s estimated that 4% of all children between the ages of 10 and 14 have detectable scoliosis with about 60 to 80% of all cases occurring in adolescent girls. Most people with scoliosis have barely noticeable curvatures.

TESTIMONIAL

I came to the KKT Centre after being recommended by a friend. I was suffering from a severe case of scoliosis and wanted to explore treatment options before committing to a more aggressive surgical alternative. After my first treatment I could feel the change in my structure. Shortly after a series of treatments, the results were obvious.

I had a very measurable outcome resulting in no surgery! I’m grateful to KKT and Dr. Khan.
-Mandy, age 27

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Posted in All Conditions, Back Pain, Spine Conditions by KKT Team