Dr. Brad’s Weekly Health Update: Stress and Well-Being Linked to Spinal Pain

By Published On: June 7, 2017Categories: NJ Pain Management

Stress and Well-Being Linked to Spinal Pain

Danish researchers recently surveyed 45,371 ten- to fourteen-year-old children and found that spinal pain is a common complaint among this group, often co-occurring with stress and poor general well- being. The research team posits that addressing stress and well-being among teenagers could lower their overall risk for both back and neck pain during adolescence and possibly into adulthood. European Journal of Pediatrics, May 2017

High School Students Are Drinking Less

Drinking among high school students in the United States has plummeted in recent years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that high schoolers who said they consumed alcohol dropped from about 50% of students in 1991 to about a third in 2015. The CDC also found that binge drinking declined among high school students, from about 32% of all students in 1999 to about 18% in 2015. Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report, May 2017

Light Physical Activity Can Boost Subjective Well-Being

University of Connecticut researchers monitored 419 healthy, middle-aged adults and found that simply going for a leisurely walk improved mood and boosted well-being among participants— even those who don’t regularly exercise. Journal of Health Psychology, April 2017

Are You Hungry?

Eating for emotional reasons or because you are bored can lead to unwanted weight gain. Experts from the American Academy of Family Physicians say that true hunger includes these signs: a growling, rumbling, gnawing, or hunger pang sensation in your stomach; low energy or feeling weak; difficulty concentrating; a mild headache; and irritability. American Academy of Family Physicians, May 2017

Sleep Helps Memory

If you want to give your memory a boost, make sure to get enough sleep. The National Sleep Foundation says that sleep benefits your memory the following ways: it helps your body retain what you’ve learned, it fosters new neuron connections that transform experiences into long-term memories, and it enhances your ability to stay focused when studying unfamiliar material. National Sleep Foundation, May 2017

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Dr. Brad Butler, DC