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Manahawkin Back Pain Benefits from Good Sleep

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


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 good thing that researchers are studying just how a back pain sufferer can take charge of the Manahawkin back pain and how often 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 looking at sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to find out. Manahawkin Chiropractic Center introduces the term “flare” as it has to do with a back pain episode.


A Manahawkin low back pain flare is one that consists of heightened 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, so healthcare professionals need to look beyond the pain to know what else is influencing the pain episode, what psychosocial factors are at play. (1,2) The mind-body connection cannot always be ignored! Nor can the time of day that pain is felt.


Patients dealing with low back pain for over 3 months were studied to see what might precipitate a new episode of their pain. Researchers found that poor sleep quality and morning pain were threats 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) Sleep quality also plays a part in how Manahawkin back pain is experienced.


A study of sleep quality in mature 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 associated with sleep problems. (4) Sleep, perceived stress, and anxiety play a role in chronic low back pain. Luckily, sleep quality is capable of mediating anxiety, making sleep a practical 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 sleeping.

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Manahawkin Chiropractic Center presents research that says good sleep helps keep back pain at bay.  
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