Exercise tip of the month: sleep. Weird? Not at all! Sleep is just as important
as exercise for pain management as well as back pain management. Amelia Chiropractic Clinic helps many Fernandina Beach
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 often is a condition
for life that comes and goes, a condition
that is handled rather than cured, it is a positive
thing that researchers are studying just how a back pain
sufferer can control the Fernandina Beach back pain and the frequency that it ‘rears its head.' Ask any back
pain sufferer and you will know that warding off a pain episode is an objective. But how? Researchers are studying sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to figure that out. Amelia Chiropractic Clinic
introduces the term “flare” as it relates to
a back pain episode.
BACK PAIN FLARE
A Fernandina Beach low back pain flare is one that incorporates 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, therefore
healthcare professionals need to look past the pain to see
what else is happening around the pain episode, what
psychosocial factors are involved. (1,2) The mind-body connection
cannot 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 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 rose with days of more afternoon and
evening pain, fatigue, and fear of activity. Sleep is recommended
to reduce the intensity, frequency, and risk of back pain flares.
(3) The quality of sleep
also plays a part in how Fernandina Beach back pain is experienced.
A study of sleep quality in older
adults in six middle-income countries found that women experienced
more sleep problems. Additionally, age, depression, low back pain,
and poor self-rated health were also significantly associated with
sleep problems. (4) Sleep, perceived stress, and anxiety play a
role in chronic low back pain. Fortunately, sleep quality is able to mediate anxiety, making sleep a reasonable
recommendation in the treatment plan. (5)
CONTACT Amelia Chiropractic Clinic
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 ease arm pain and numbness that was preventing
him from getting sleep.
Make your Fernandina Beach
chiropractic appointment now. Let’s talk sleep
next time you are in for a visit!