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!
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 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.
BACK PAIN FLARE
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.
PAIN: MORNING NOON AND NIGHT
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 experienced
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)
CONTACT Manahawkin Chiropractic Center
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 Manahawkin
chiropractic appointment soon. Let’s talk sleep
next time you’re in for a visit!