Exercise tip of the month: sleep. Unusual? Not at all! Sleep is just as valuable
as exercise for pain management as well as management for back
pain. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic helps many Eugene
pain sufferers manage 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 purpose!
CONTROLLING BACK PAIN
Since low back pain often is a condition
for life that is sporadic, a condition
that is handled rather than cured, it’s a good
thing that researchers are studying just how a back pain
sufferer can control the Eugene back pain and the frequency that it ‘rears its head.' Question any back
pain sufferer and you will know that warding off a pain episode is a goal. But how? Researchers are looking
at sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to figure that out. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic
introduces the term “flare” as it has to do with
a back pain episode.
BACK PAIN FLARE
A Eugene low back pain flare is one that includes heightened pain,
paresthesia, or muscle tension, longer duration of symptoms, decreased
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 know
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 precipitate a flare up of their pain. Researchers discovered
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) The quality of sleep
also plays a part in how Eugene 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 linked to
sleep problems. (4) Sleep, perceived stress, and anxiety play a
role in chronic low back pain. Fortunately, sleep quality is able to mediate anxiety, making sleep a reasonable
recommendation in the treatment plan. (5)
CONTACT Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic
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 deliver
relieving treatment for his arm pain and numbness that was keeping
him from getting sleep.
Schedule your Eugene
chiropractic appointment today. Let’s talk sleep
next time you are in for a visit!