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Ashburn Back Pain May Leave Your Cognition A Bit Foggy Bee Pollen May be of Help

Back pain can leave its sufferer feeling somewhat foggy. Cognitive impairment and back pain go together for some. Cognitive impairment isn’t an issue you would think “chiropractic,” but it’s a topic your Ashburn chiropractor thinks about as it’s seen in low back pain patients. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn carefully observes our Ashburn back pain and neck pain patients for their handling of the condition. Some are ok; others struggle a bit. We will be sure to help with any issues like this. Recent studies talk about bee pollen as being beneficial in managing.


Lumbar spine degenerated disc disease is a growing concern around the world as the world’s population ages. Dementia has been associated with lumbar degenerative disc disease due to physical dysfunction, quality of life, and pain. Particularly, one study reported that 41% of patients with lumbar spinal stenosis were found to also experience mild cognitive impairment. (1) Short, easy screening tests and questionnaires can efficiently detect cognitive impairment. Once found, cognitive impairment may be confronted by interventions like cognitive stimulation and training, exercise, medications, and supplements which showed some beneficial effects on patients’ physical and cognitive function though not curative. (2) Chiropractic is ready to play an integral role in back pain management. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn works to reduce the back pain with our Ashburn chiropractic treatment plan in hopes of decreasing the cognitive dysfunction exacerbated by the stress of pain.


Researchers described chronic stress as a possible issue associated with anxiety, depression, and cognitive dysfunction. (Ashburn chiropractic patients know the stress that comes with spine-related pain!) With bee pollen’s therapeutic effects known to be related to its powerful antioxidant quality, a study of Anatolian bee pollen’s effect on depression and anxiety found that it lessened anxiety-like behavior in the study’s rats. The researchers explained that the bee pollen reduced oxidative damage and neuroinflammation caused by immobilization stress. (3) That’s a novel approach Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn has not heard of often!


Bee pollen’s use in public health goes back into old, old times. The important health and medicinal properties make it full of nutrition. Made of plant pollen and honeybee secretions and nectar, bee pollen contains bioactive compounds including proteins, amino acids, lipids, minerals, vitamins, polyphenols, and carbohydrates. Components of bee pollen are described as enhancing various bodily functions and protect against many diseases. (4) One such disease is cognitive dysfunction. A recent report discusses the way by which bee pollen improves cognitive impairment that is brought on by “cholinergic blockade.” How? It gets down to the cellular level which is a bit complex and explainable by an alphabet soup of proteins like proBNDF, tPa, ERK-CREB, Akt-GSK-3. Bottomline: The researchers end up suggesting that bee pollen would be a useful agent for managing cognitive dysfunction. (5) Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn shares findings like this as spine pain, back pain, neck pain, etc., are complex conditions involving many factors which oftentimes call for just as many different approaches like spinal manipulation, nutrition, exercise, rest, etc.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Michael McMurray on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management incorporation to help with lumbar spinal stenosis.

Make your Ashburn chiropractic appointment soon. Back pain and the cognitive challenge it often triggers aren’t odd. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn offers many ways to combat both. Contact us today!

Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn presents info on the benefits of bee pollen on cognitive function that may be impaired when dealing with back pain.
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