Minster Back Pain Benefits from Good Sleep

The exercise topic of the month is…sleep?! Odd? Not at all! Sleep is just as valuable as exercise for pain management as well as management for back pain. Minster Chiropractic Center helps many Minster pain sufferers cope with 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 many times is a condition for life that is intermittent, a condition that is managed rather than cured, it’s a positive thing that researchers are studying just how a back pain sufferer can control the Minster back pain and how often it ‘rears its head.' Ask 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 figure that out. Minster Chiropractic Center shares the term “flare” as it has to do with a back pain episode.


A Minster low back pain flare is one that includes heightened pain, paresthesia, or muscle tension, longer 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 increased pain, therefore healthcare professionals need to look past the pain to visualize what else is influencing the pain event, what psychosocial factors are at play. (1,2) The mind-body connection can’t always be overlooked! Nor can the time of day that pain is felt.


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 role in how Minster back pain is experienced.


A study of sleep quality in mature adults in six middle-income countries uncovered 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 contribute to chronic low back pain. Luckily, sleep quality is capable of mediating 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 preventing him from getting sleep.

Make your Minster chiropractic appointment soon. Let us talk sleep next time you are in for a visit!

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