Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Chiropractic Care and Braincore Therapy

I have been plagued with low back problems since I was 21. Last year I was diagnosed with L 3-5 herniations, meaning three of my lowest vertebrae had the discs between bulging out of the side of my spine. Yes, it hurts as bad as it sounds. Sitting was nearly impossible. Stairs were a nightmare. I was in constant pain with no mobility.

In late 2012 I began treatment with Dr. Capoferri at Precision Pain Relief Center in Norcross, Georgia. A seated MRI showed the three bulging discs were made worse while seated than in an upright position, which was a critical piece of missing information in previous therapy. Armed with this knowledge, Dr. Capoferri was able to begin treating me using a computer aided precision spinal adjuster, the ProAdjuster. This was a new type of chiropractic treatment for me, but I immediately began to see results. By Christmas, I was truly a new woman. I was able to travel to Florida to see my family with little pain. My last checkup was nearly two weeks ago, and I did not need ANY adjustments, just some ultrasound therapy to help with some tight muscles due to my exercise regimen.

The other problems I had addressed while seeing Dr. Capoferri were fibromyalgia and insomnia. I know you are tempted to close the tab now and stop reading, but please hear me out. I have dealt with fibromyalgia symptoms off and on since 2003. For those who still think it is a only seen in lazy or out of shape people, I was working out five days a week with free weights, no sissy stuff, when my first flare-up occurred. My then-chiropractor told me I needed a hobby! I told him I didn't have time for a hobby. I WAS WORKING OUT TOO MUCH!

Waking insomnia was another, even more plaguing, problem. On good nights I would wake up 6 times, on bad nights 2 dozen or more. By the time I went to see Dr. Capoferri, the insomnia had gotten so bad I could not drive without having micro-sleeps while at the wheel. The insomnia was exacerbating and driving the fibromylagia pain creating a vicious cycle of no sleep - pain - less sleep - more pain.

His suggestion was Braincore Therapy. It is a type of neurofeedback that is "designed to retrain dysregulated brainwave patterns. The goal of all neurofeedback is to transform an unhealthy, dysregulated brainwave pattern into a normal, healthy, organized pattern. By doing this, the brain becomes more stable and is able to operate optimally and efficiently." According to my EEG results, I was actually exhibiting sleep or pre-sleep brainwaves during the day and then waking at night. Great for a shift worker, not so great for me. I went through 30 total sessions of therapy, but really had no marked differences until around session 13 or 14. Then one night I woke up around 4 am realizing I had been asleep all night. It was honestly a miracle for me. The more I slept, the less pain I had, and the more I was able to accomplish throughout the day.

Today, I am sleeping nearly every night, waking maybe 2 - 3 times a night on bad nights. The fibromyalgia pain has not returned at all, and I have been able to begin working out again for the first time in over a year. In fact, I have been working out solidly for a month now with no relapses, just some muscle tightness. I am truly back to my old self and even better!

My take-away, if you are also experiencing neck and back pain, it might be beneficial for you to find a chiropractor in your area who also uses the ProAdjuster or computer aided precision spinal adjuster method. It seems to be a much more precise and effective treatment, at least in my experience. Also if you have any kind of neurological issues (insomnia, fibromyalgia, ADD, ADHD, PTSD, Migraines, etc.) do some research into Braincore Therapy. It has honestly saved my life.

Feel free to email me with any questions you may have on either treatment, and I will do my best to answer or send you to more information. Stay Healthy!


  1. Precision Pain Relief Center
  2. Braincore Therapy
  3. Sleepless and in Pain: a Link Between Fibromyalgia and Sleep  


  1. I am currently in my second year in chiropractic school and I am loving it so far! I severely injured my back about 5 years ago and the treatment I received from my local chiropractor was amazing. I knew I always wanted to get into medicine, but wasn’t sure which field. I really enjoy this so much because it is all about fixing the body rather than medicating it.

    1. So true, Cecilia! While there is not permanent way to heal those discs indefinitely, this is keeping me from surgery. Plus, the stronger I get, the less therapy I need, barring 2000 miles of driving, like I just did. LOL Best of luck in school!