Exercise tip of the month: sleep. Unusual? Not at all! Sleep is just as vital
as exercise for pain management as well as back pain management. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center helps many Paramus
pain sufferers cope with 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 purpose!
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 is a good
thing that researchers are looking into just how a back pain
sufferer can take charge of the Paramus back pain and how
often it ‘rears its head.' Ask any back
pain sufferer and you will know that warding off a pain episode is an objective. But how? Researchers are studying sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to find out. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center
shares the term “flare” as it relates to
a back pain episode.
BACK PAIN FLARE
A Paramus 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 consider their
back pain to be a flare just because of heightened pain, therefore
healthcare professionals need to look past the pain to know
what else is happening around 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.
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 grew 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 Paramus back pain is experienced.
An analysis of sleep quality in mature
adults in six middle-income countries uncovered that women experienced
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 contribute to chronic low back pain. Luckily, sleep quality is able to mediate anxiety, making sleep a practical
recommendation in the treatment plan. (5)
CONTACT Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center
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 keeping
him from getting sleep.
Make your Paramus
chiropractic appointment today. Let’s talk sleep
next time you’re in for a visit!