Williamson Back Pain Benefits from Good Sleep

The exercise topic of the month is…sleep?! Odd? Not at all! Sleep is just as important as exercise for pain management as well as back pain management. Apple Country Chiropractic helps many Williamson pain sufferers manage their spine, neck, and back pain with chiropractic spinal manipulation, nutrition advice, and exercise direction. Sleep – good sleep – is included in that list for a good purpose!

CONTROLLING BACK PAIN

Since low back pain often is a condition for life that comes and goes, a condition that is managed rather than cured, it’s a good thing that researchers are looking into just how a back pain sufferer can take charge of the Williamson back pain and the frequency that it ‘rears its head.' Ask any back pain sufferer and you’ll know that keeping the pain away is an objective. But how? Researchers are looking at sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to find out. Apple Country Chiropractic shares the term “flare” as it relates to a back pain episode.

BACK PAIN FLARE

A Williamson low back pain flare is one that consists of increased pain, paresthesia, or muscle tension, increased duration of symptoms, reduced functional (social, cognitive, physical), and negative emotions. Researchers found that back pain sufferers don’t describe their back pain to be a flare just because of increased pain, therefore healthcare professionals need to look past the pain to see what else is influencing the pain episode, what psychosocial factors are involved. (1,2) The mind-body connection can’t always be overlooked! Nor can the time of day that pain is experienced.

PAIN: MORNING NOON AND NIGHT

Patients suffering with low back pain for more than 3 months were studied to see what might precipitate 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 reduce the intensity, frequency, and risk of back pain flares.  (3) Sleep quality also plays a role in how Williamson back pain is felt.

SLEEP QUALITY

A study of sleep quality in older adults in six middle-income countries found 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)

CONTACT Apple Country Chiropractic

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 preventing him from sleeping.

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

 
Apple Country Chiropractic presents research that says good sleep helps keep back pain at bay.  
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