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Vancouver Back Pain Benefits from Good Sleep

The exercise topic of the month is…sleep?! Weird? Not at all! Sleep is just as crucial as exercise for pain management including back pain management. Vancouver Disc Centers helps many Vancouver pain sufferers manage 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 managed rather than cured, it is a positive thing that researchers are looking into just how a back pain sufferer can control the Vancouver 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 an objective. But how? Researchers are looking at sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to find out. Vancouver Disc Centers shares the term “flare” as it has to do with a back pain episode.

BACK PAIN FLARE

A Vancouver low back pain flare is one that incorporates intensified 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, so healthcare professionals need to look past the pain to see what else is influencing the pain episode, what psychosocial factors are involved. (1,2) The mind-body connection can’t 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 over 3 months were studied to see what might precipitate a new episode 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 suggested to reduce the intensity, frequency, and risk of back pain flares.  (3) Sleep quality also plays a part in how Vancouver back pain is experienced.

SLEEP QUALITY

An analysis 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. Luckily, sleep quality is capable of mediating anxiety, making sleep a reasonable recommendation in the treatment plan. (5)

CONTACT Vancouver Disc Centers

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.

Schedule your Vancouver chiropractic appointment soon. Let’s talk sleep next time you are in for a visit!

 
Vancouver Disc Centers shares research that says good sleep helps keep back pain at bay.  
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