Plainville Back Pain Benefits from Good Sleep

The exercise topic of the month is…sleep?! Unusual? Not at all! Sleep is just as vital as exercise for pain management as well as management for back pain. Layden Chiropractic helps many Plainville 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!


Since low back pain many times is a condition for life that is sporadic, a condition that is handled rather than cured, it is a good thing that researchers are studying just how a back pain sufferer can control the Plainville 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 studying sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to find out. Layden Chiropractic shares the term “flare” as it relates to a back pain episode.


A Plainville low back pain flare is one that includes intensified 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 beyond the pain to know what else is influencing the pain episode, 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 felt.


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 decrease the intensity, frequency, and risk of back pain flares.  (3) Sleep quality also plays a role in how Plainville back pain is experienced.


A study of sleep quality in older 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 associated with sleep problems. (4) Sleep, perceived stress, and anxiety play a role in chronic low back pain. Fortunately, sleep quality is capable of mediating 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 deliver relieving treatment for his arm pain and numbness that was keeping him from sleeping.

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