Lynchburg Back Pain Benefits from Good Sleep

Exercise tip of the month: sleep. Weird? Not at all! Sleep is just as crucial as exercise for pain management including back pain management. Palmer Chiropractic Center helps many Lynchburg pain sufferers manage 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 purpose!

CONTROLLING BACK PAIN

Since low back pain often is a condition for life that is sporadic, a condition that is handled rather than cured, it’s a good thing that researchers are studying just how a back pain sufferer can control the Lynchburg back pain and the frequency that it ‘rears its head.' Question any back pain sufferer and you will know that keeping the pain away is an objective. But how? Researchers are studying sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to find out. Palmer Chiropractic Center introduces the term “flare” as it relates to a back pain episode.

BACK PAIN FLARE

A Lynchburg low back pain flare is one that includes increased 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 know what else is happening around 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 suffering with low back pain for over 3 months were studied to see what might precipitate a flare up of their pain. Researchers discovered that poor sleep quality and morning pain were risks for such flare-ups. Increased pain risk rose with days of more afternoon and evening pain, fatigue, and fear of activity. Sleep is recommended to decrease the intensity, frequency, and risk of back pain flares.  (3) The quality of sleep also plays a role in how Lynchburg back pain is experienced.

SLEEP QUALITY

A study of sleep quality in mature 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. Fortunately, sleep quality is able to mediate 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 describes his use of Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction to deliver relieving treatment for his arm pain and numbness that was preventing him from sleeping.

Make your Lynchburg chiropractic appointment soon. Let’s talk sleep next time you’re in for a visit!

 
Palmer Chiropractic Center shares research that says good sleep helps keep back pain at bay.  
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