Eugene Back Pain Benefits from Good Sleep

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!


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.


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.


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)

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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.

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Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic shares research that says good sleep helps keep back pain at bay.  
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