This class will cover the latest scientific understanding of the function of the spine and how the brain controls movement (known as motor control in the literature). This class will also cover why gut health is important in the latest understanding of chronic pain. There are now strong links between the gut, the microbiome, stress, inflammation, and pain. This class will also cover the importance of healthy spinal movement for proper brain function. The way the brain controls spinal movement can be altered by spinal injury, and this can continue to change over time. Such changes to spinal movement patterns are known to play a vital role in how spinal pain becomes a chronic problem. This is why chiropractic care can be so important. This class will focus on the mechanisms of an adjustment, based on the latest relevant scientific research studies, how this is likely altering the way a person’s brain is ‘feeling’ pain, and how the brain controls spinal movement patterns. The new basic science research tells a story that is similar to the old historic theories about the subluxation and mechanisms of chiropractic care, but with a subtle – and very important – twist to it. We used to think we were ‘fixing’ problems locally in the spine, when it now turns out we are more likely to be ‘fixing’ problems in the brain, and turning down or switching off the sensation of pain in the brain itself, in addition to improving the way the brain controls spinal movement patterns (improving spinal function).