Can exercise make you smarter?

Can exercise make you smarter?

Exercise doesn't just improve your physical health, it may also enhance your cognitive functioning, according to a new study.
Nine women with fibromyalgia participated in a small study of the effects of exercises on working memory. Researchers used a functional MRIs to measure women's brain activity levels while they took a memory test. After these initial tests, the women stopped taking their medications, and actually performed more poorly on the memory tests. But after six weeks of an aerobic exercise program, their cognitive functioning improved significantly to normal levels. The women also experienced reduced levels of pain.

While more research is needed, this study may be the first to link exercise to improved working memory. Research has demonstrated that exercise and tai chi can significantly reduce pain in fibromyalgia patients. This study confirms these findings while pointing to other potential benefits of exercise.
Khatiwada, M., J Vanmeter, B. Wallit. "Effect of aerobic exercise on working memory in fibromyalgia." Presentation abstract for Neuroscience 2011. November 13, 2011. Accessed January 9,  2012.{8334BE29-8911-4991-8C31-32B32DD5E6C8}.
Kelly, Janis. "Exercise Relieves Fibromyalgia Pain, Ups Cognitive Function." Medscape. December 9, 2011. Accessed January 9, 2012.
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Sciatica pain is often so debilitating that it forces people to miss work and other normal activities.  Of all patients with low-back pain, sciatica patients have the highest level of disability (1).  In fact, patients with sciatica are disabled for an average of 72 days according to Norwegian public-health records.
Fortunately, a recent study offers hope to sciatica patients: chiropractic care can speed the recovery from sciatica flare ups and allow patients to return to work sooner (2).

The study evaluated 44 Norwegian workers after they came to the hospital with severe sciatica pain. Most of those patients had been experiencing pain for three or more weeks prior to their hospital visit.
The hospital chiropractor examined each patient to evaluate his/her posture and gait, range of motion, and palpation of the lumbar spine.

The chiropractic then performed various joint adjustments to the spine and other limbs that had been injured through patients compensating for pain. Ice treatment was also used to relieve soft tissue soreness.Patients were treated daily in the hospital and later three times a week for the first two weeks. Some patients needed additional follow-up treatment but typically did not exceed 14 treatments.

In matter of 21 days, 91% of patients returned to work full-time. Two patients returned to work part time. Researchers concluded this study demonstrates the potent benefits of collaboration between chiropractors and orthopedic surgeons. Chiropractic care can put an end to your sciatica pain so you can begin living your life fully again.

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  1. Arana E, Marti-Bonmati L, Vega M, et al. Relationship between low back pain, disability, MR imaging findings and health care provider. Skeletal Radiology 2006;35(9):641-7.
  2. Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30:135-139.