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La Grande 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 go together for some. Cognitive impairment isn’t a topic you’d think “chiropractic,” but it is an issue your La Grande chiropractor thinks about as it’s seen in low back pain patients. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC carefully observes our La Grande back pain and neck pain patients for their managing the condition. Some are ok; others have a little trouble. We’ll be sure to help with any issues like this. New studies talk about bee pollen as being beneficial in controlling.


Lumbar spine degenerated disc disease is an expanding concern globally 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) Brief, easy screening tests and questionnaires can efficiently detect cognitive impairment. Once detected, cognitive impairment may be confronted by interventions like cognitive stimulation and training, exercise, medications, and supplements which demonstrated 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. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC works to decrease the back pain with our La Grande chiropractic treatment plan in hopes of decreasing the cognitive dysfunction brought on by the stress of pain.


Researchers described chronic stress as a potential issue linked to anxiety, depression, and cognitive dysfunction. (La Grande 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, an analysis 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’s a new approach Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC has not heard of often!


Bee pollen’s use in public health dates back to old, old times. The significant health and medicinal properties make it a treasure trove 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 improves cognitive impairment that is brought on by “cholinergic blockade.” How? It gets down to the cellular level which is a little 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) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC 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 describes The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management integration to help with lumbar spinal stenosis.

Schedule your La Grande chiropractic appointment now. Back pain and the cognitive challenge it often triggers are not unusual. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC offers many ways to combat both. Contact us today!

Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC presents info on the benefits of bee pollen on cognitive function that may be impaired when dealing with back pain.
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