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New Roads Back Pain Benefits from Good Sleep

Exercise tip of the month: sleep. Unusual? Not at all! Sleep is just as important as exercise for pain management including management for back pain. New Roads Chiropractic Center helps many New Roads pain sufferers manage their spine, neck, and back pain with chiropractic spinal manipulation, nutrition advice, and exercise direction. Sleep – good sleep – is added to that list for a good purpose!


Since low back pain many times is a condition for life that comes and goes, a condition that is managed rather than cured, it’s a positive thing that researchers are studying just how a back pain sufferer can take charge of the New Roads back pain and how often 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. New Roads Chiropractic Center shares the term “flare” as it relates to a back pain episode.


A New Roads low back pain flare is one that consists of heightened 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 increased pain, so healthcare professionals need to look beyond the pain to see what else is happening around the pain episode, what psychosocial factors are involved. (1,2) The mind-body connection cannot always be overlooked! Nor can the time of day that pain is experienced.


Patients dealing with low back pain for more than 3 months were studied to see what might trigger a new episode 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 recommended to reduce the intensity, frequency, and risk of back pain flares.  (3) The quality of sleep also plays a role in how New Roads back pain is experienced.


A study 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 contribute to chronic low back pain. Fortunately, sleep quality is able to mediate 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 describes his use of Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction to ease arm pain and numbness that was preventing him from getting sleep.

Make your New Roads chiropractic appointment soon. Let’s talk sleep next time you’re in for a visit!

New Roads Chiropractic Center presents research that says good sleep helps keep back pain at bay.  
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