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. Disc Centers Of America helps many Buffalo, NY
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 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 control the Buffalo, NY 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 looking
at sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to figure that out. Disc Centers Of America
introduces the term “flare” as it relates to
a back pain episode.
BACK PAIN FLARE
A Buffalo, NY low back pain flare is one that incorporates 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 consider their
back pain to be a flare just because of heightened pain, so
healthcare professionals need to look beyond the pain to see
what else is happening around the pain event, what
psychosocial factors are at play. (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 trigger a flare up of their pain. Researchers found
that poor sleep quality and morning pain were threats 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 Buffalo, NY back pain is experienced.
An analysis of sleep quality in older
adults in six middle-income countries uncovered that women experienced
more sleep problems. Additionally, 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. Luckily, sleep quality is able to mediate anxiety, making sleep a reasonable
recommendation in the treatment plan. (5)
CONTACT Disc Centers Of America
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 ease arm pain and numbness that was keeping
him from getting sleep.
Make your Buffalo, NY
chiropractic appointment now. Let’s talk sleep
next time you are in for a visit!