Exercise tip of the month: sleep. Weird? Not at all! Sleep is just as crucial as exercise for pain management as well as management for back pain. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic helps many Augusta pain sufferers cope with their spine, neck, and back pain with chiropractic spinal manipulation, nutrition advice, and exercise direction. Sleep – adequate sleep – is added to that list for a good reason!
CONTROLLING BACK PAIN
Since low back pain many times is a condition for life that is sporadic, a condition that is handled rather than cured, it is a good thing that researchers are looking into just how a back pain sufferer can take charge of the Augusta back pain and how often it ‘rears its head.' Ask any back pain sufferer and you will know that keeping the pain away is an objective. But how? Researchers are looking at sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to find out. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic shares the term “flare” as it has to do with a back pain episode.
BACK PAIN FLARE
A Augusta low back pain flare is one that includes intensified pain, paresthesia, or muscle tension, increased duration of symptoms, decreased functional (social, cognitive, physical), and negative emotions. Researchers found that back pain sufferers do not describe their back pain to be a flare just because of heightened pain, therefore healthcare professionals need to look past the pain to know what else is influencing the pain event, what psychosocial factors are at play. (1,2) The mind-body connection can’t always be overlooked! Nor can the time of day that pain is felt.
PAIN: MORNING NOON AND NIGHT
Patients dealing with low back pain for more than 3 months were studied to see what might trigger a flare up of their pain. Researchers found that poor sleep quality and morning pain were threats for such flare-ups. Increased pain risk grew with days of more afternoon and evening pain, fatigue, and fear of activity. Sleep is suggested to reduce the intensity, frequency, and risk of back pain flares. (3) Sleep quality also plays a part in how Augusta back pain is experienced.
A study of sleep quality in older adults in six middle-income countries uncovered that women had more sleep problems. Further, age, depression, low back pain, and poor self-rated health were also significantly linked to sleep problems. (4) Sleep, perceived stress, and anxiety contribute to chronic low back pain. Luckily, sleep quality is capable of mediating anxiety, making sleep a reasonable recommendation in the treatment plan. (5)
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Ted Siciliano on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he discusses his use of Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction to deliver relieving treatment for his arm pain and numbness that was keeping him from getting sleep.
Set up your Augusta chiropractic appointment now. Let’s talk sleep next time you are in for a visit!