The exercise topic of
the month is…sleep?! Weird? Not at all! Sleep is just as important
as exercise for pain management as well as back pain management. Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation helps many Tonawanda
pain sufferers cope with their spine, neck, and back pain with chiropractic spinal manipulation, nutrition advice, and exercise direction. Sleep – good
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 intermittent, a condition
that is handled rather than cured, it is a positive
thing that researchers are looking into just how a back pain
sufferer can take charge of the Tonawanda back pain and how
often it ‘rears its head.' Question any back
pain sufferer and you will know that keeping
the pain away is a goal. But how? Researchers are studying sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to find out. Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation
introduces the term “flare” as it relates to
a back pain episode.
BACK PAIN FLARE
A Tonawanda low back pain flare is one that includes intensified pain,
paresthesia, or muscle tension, longer duration of symptoms, decreased
functional (social, cognitive, physical), and negative emotions. Researchers
found that back pain sufferers do not consider their
back pain to be a flare just because of increased pain, so
healthcare professionals need to look past the pain to visualize
what else is influencing the pain episode, 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 over 3 months were studied to see what might bring
on a flare up of their pain. Researchers found
that poor sleep quality and morning pain were risks 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 decrease the intensity, frequency, and risk of back pain flares.
(3) The quality of sleep
also plays a part in how Tonawanda back pain is experienced.
An analysis of sleep quality in mature
adults in six middle-income countries found that women had
more sleep problems. Additionally, 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 able to mediate anxiety, making sleep a practical
recommendation in the treatment plan. (5)
CONTACT Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation
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 sleeping.
Schedule your Tonawanda
chiropractic appointment today. Let us talk sleep
next time you are in for a visit!