The exercise topic of
the month is…sleep?! Unusual? Not at all! Sleep is just as crucial
as exercise for pain management as well as management for back
pain. Moses Chiropractic helps many West Palm Beach
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 reason!
CONTROLLING BACK PAIN
Since low back pain many times is a condition
for life that is sporadic, a condition
that is handled rather than cured, it’s a positive
thing that researchers are looking into just how a back pain
sufferer can control the West Palm Beach back pain and how
often it ‘rears its head.' Ask any back
pain sufferer and you’ll know that warding off a pain episode is a goal. But how? Researchers are studying sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to find out. Moses Chiropractic
introduces the term “flare” as it has to do with
a back pain episode.
BACK PAIN FLARE
A West Palm Beach low back pain flare is one that incorporates heightened 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, therefore
healthcare professionals need to look past the pain to see
what else is influencing the pain event, 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 dealing with low back pain for over 3 months were studied to see what might bring
on a flare up of their pain. Researchers discovered
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 suggested
to reduce the intensity, frequency, and risk of back pain flares.
(3) Sleep quality
also plays a part in how West Palm Beach back pain is experienced.
A study of sleep quality in mature
adults in six middle-income countries uncovered 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 capable
of mediating anxiety, making sleep a practical
recommendation in the treatment plan. (5)
CONTACT Moses Chiropractic
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 keeping
him from sleeping.
Schedule your West Palm Beach
chiropractic appointment today. Let us talk sleep
next time you’re in for a visit!