Southern New Hampshire Back Pain May Leave Your Cognition A Bit Foggy Bee Pollen May be of Help

November 30, 2021

Back pain can leave its sufferer feeling a bit foggy. Cognitive impairment and back pain come hand in hand for some. Cognitive impairment isn’t a topic you would think “chiropractic,” but it is a topic your Southern New Hampshire chiropractor thinks about as it is seen in low back pain patients. New Hampshire Spine and Sport watchfully observes our Southern New Hampshire back pain and neck pain patients for their managing the condition. Some are fine; others struggle a bit. We will be sure to help with any issues like this. Recent studies discuss how bee pollen may be beneficial in managing.


Lumbar spine degenerated disc disease is an expanding concern globally as the world’s population grows older. Dementia has been associated with lumbar degenerative disc disease as a result of physical dysfunction, quality of life, and pain. Particularly, one study reported that 41% of patients with lumbar spinal stenosis experienced mild cognitive impairment. (1) Short, simple screening tests and questionnaires can efficiently find cognitive impairment. Once found, cognitive impairment may be confronted 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 plays a key role in back pain management. New Hampshire Spine and Sport works to reduce the back pain with our Southern New Hampshire chiropractic treatment plan in hopes of reducing the cognitive dysfunction brought on by the stress of pain.


Researchers explained chronic stress as a potential issue linked to anxiety, depression, and cognitive dysfunction. (Southern New Hampshire chiropractic patients understand 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 reduced anxiety-like behavior in the study’s rats. The researchers clarified that the bee pollen reduced oxidative damage and neuroinflammation caused by immobilization stress. (3) That is a novel approach New Hampshire Spine and Sport has not heard of often!


Bee pollen’s use in public health goes back into ancient times. The significant health and medicinal properties make it full of nutrition. Made of plant pollen and honeybee secretions and nectar, bee pollen has 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 describes the way by which bee pollen ameliorates 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) New Hampshire Spine and Sport presents findings like this as spine pain, back pain, neck pain, etc., are complex conditions involving many factors which frequently 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 incorporation to help with lumbar spinal stenosis.

Make your Southern New Hampshire chiropractic appointment soon. Back pain and the cognitive challenge it often triggers aren’t unusual. New Hampshire Spine and Sport offers many ways to combat both. Contact us today!

New Hampshire Spine and Sport presents info on the benefits of bee pollen on cognitive function that may be impaired when dealing with back pain.