Severna Park 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 including management for back pain. Back And Neck Care Center helps many Severna Park 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 positive thing that researchers are studying just how a back pain sufferer can take charge of the Severna Park back pain and how often it ‘rears its head.' Question any back pain sufferer and you’ll know that keeping the pain away is an objective. But how? Researchers are looking at sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to figure that out. Back And Neck Care Center shares the term “flare” as it relates to a back pain episode.


A Severna Park low back pain flare is one that includes increased pain, paresthesia, or muscle tension, increased duration of symptoms, decreased 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 beyond the pain to see what else is going on around the pain event, what psychosocial factors are at play. (1,2) The mind-body connection cannot always be ignored! 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 bring on a new episode of their pain. Researchers discovered that poor sleep quality and morning pain were threats for such flare-ups. Increased pain risk grew with days of more afternoon and evening pain, fatigue, and fear of activity. Sleep is recommended to reduce the intensity, frequency, and risk of back pain flares.  (3) Sleep quality also plays a role in how Severna Park back pain is felt.


A study of sleep quality in older adults in six middle-income countries found that women had more sleep problems. Additionally, 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 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 ease arm pain and numbness that was keeping him from sleeping.

Make your Severna Park chiropractic appointment soon. Let’s talk sleep next time you are in for a visit!

Back And Neck Care Center shares research that says good sleep helps keep back pain at bay.  
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