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Pain in the Brain..?

Joint inflammation and muscular imbalance are a cornerstone feature in those persons who consult with a Chiropractor, and factors that have long been associated with inflammatory arthritis (IA). Conditions Chiropractors are not permitted, to say they can help. Recent work into the specific inflammation of knee joints uncovered a surprising connection to particular brain activity feeds.

Research has shown the way the brain is fed sensory experiences over time impacts knee joint health. What you read, watch, hear, smell, taste touch, think, feel etc (any sense) on an ongoing basis affects the way your brain is stimulated. For example the vagus nerve (CNX) has been found to be able to modulate joint inflammation in the knee on the opposite side of the body. Vagal sensations travel up through the spine and into a part of the brain called the Locus Coeruleus (LC) (1).


When joint inflammation hits it is kinda too late. The (brain) LC over time can suppress or enhance inflammation in the opposite side knee joint. Look to focus on that which you would choose for yourself and not avoiding those things you find imposed upon you. Such as from work, other people’s stuff and misplaced egos.

Today, in healthcare you might be asked about contextual factors (2) rather than just where does it hurt or reach straight for x rays or MR imaging. Whilst in healthcare of tomorrow, there may be improved understanding of the brain and body interactions. Such interactions that must travel along your spine. Focus on those aspects of living that are healthy for you, prioritise and pay attention to your self so those who love you can see your efforts and can support and encourage you to be who you choose. Health is instrumental. Find your good and play your tune.



  1. Gabriel Shimizu Bassi et al (2017) Modulation of experimental arthritis by vagal sensory and central brain stimulation. Brain Behaviour and Immunology Journal 64 330-343
  2. Ogdie A et al (2020) Use of PROMIS29 Across Inflammatory Arthritis: Score Distributions and Impact of Contextual Factors. Arthritis Rheumatol. 72 (suppl 10).

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