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McHenry Back Pain May Leave Your Cognition A Bit Fuzzy Bee Pollen May be of Help

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


Degenerative disc disease in the lumbar spine is a growing concern globally as the world’s population grows older. Dementia has been linked to lumbar degenerative disc disease due to physical dysfunction, quality of life, and pain. Particularly, one study stated 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 find cognitive impairment. Once detected, cognitive impairment may be challenged by interventions like cognitive stimulation and training, exercise, medications, and supplements which demonstrated some good effects on patients’ physical and cognitive function though not curative. (2) Chiropractic is ready to play a key role in back pain management. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic works to decrease the back pain with our McHenry chiropractic treatment plan in hopes of reducing the cognitive dysfunction brought on by the stress of pain.


Researchers explained chronic stress as a possible problem associated with anxiety, depression, and cognitive dysfunction. (McHenry chiropractic patients understand the stress that comes with back pain!) With bee pollen’s therapeutic effects identified 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 produced by immobilization stress. (3) That is a novel approach OrthoIllinois Chiropractic has not heard of often!


Bee pollen’s use in public health dates back to old, old times. The important health and medicinal properties make it a treasure trove 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 reported to enhance 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 valuable agent for treating cognitive dysfunction. (5) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic shares findings like this as spine pain, back pain, neck pain, etc., are complex conditions involving many parts 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 illustrates The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management integration to help with lumbar spinal stenosis.

Make your McHenry chiropractic appointment now. Back pain and the cognitive challenge it often triggers are not odd. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic offers many ways to combat both. Contact us today!

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