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Burlington and Hamilton Back Pain Benefits from Good Sleep

Exercise tip of the month: sleep. Weird? Not at all! Sleep is just as crucial as exercise for pain management including management for back pain. Spinal Care Clinic helps many Burlington and Hamilton pain sufferers cope with their spine, neck, and back pain with chiropractic spinal manipulation, nutrition advice, and exercise direction. Sleep – adequate sleep – is included in 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 managed rather than cured, it is a positive thing that researchers are looking into just how a back pain sufferer can take charge of the Burlington and Hamilton back pain and the frequency that it ‘rears its head.' Question any back pain sufferer and you’ll know that warding off a pain episode is a goal. But how? Researchers are looking at sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to find out. Spinal Care Clinic introduces the term “flare” as it has to do with a back pain episode.

BACK PAIN FLARE

A Burlington and Hamilton 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 do not describe their back pain to be a flare just because of increased pain, therefore healthcare professionals need to look beyond the pain to visualize what else is influencing the pain event, what psychosocial factors are involved. (1,2) The mind-body connection can’t always be ignored! Nor can the time of day that pain is experienced.

PAIN: MORNING NOON AND NIGHT

Patients suffering with low back pain for over 3 months were studied to see what might precipitate a flare up of their pain. Researchers discovered that poor sleep quality and morning pain were risks 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) The quality of sleep also plays a part in how Burlington and Hamilton back pain is experienced.

SLEEP QUALITY

An analysis of sleep quality in mature 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 linked to sleep problems. (4) Sleep, perceived stress, and anxiety play a role in chronic low back pain. Luckily, sleep quality is able to mediate 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 ease arm pain and numbness that was preventing him from sleeping.

Set up your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic appointment soon. Let’s talk sleep next time you’re in for a visit!

 
Spinal Care Clinic shares research that says good sleep helps keep back pain at bay.  
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