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Millville Back Pain Benefits from Good Sleep

Exercise tip of the month: sleep. Weird? Not at all! Sleep is just as important as exercise for pain management as well as management for back pain. Wilson Family Chiropractic helps many Millville 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 reason!


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 take charge of the Millville back pain and the frequency that it ‘rears its head.' Ask any back pain sufferer and you will know that keeping the pain away is a goal. But how? Researchers are studying sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to find out. Wilson Family Chiropractic shares the term “flare” as it has to do with a back pain episode.


A Millville low back pain flare is one that consists of intensified pain, paresthesia, or muscle tension, longer duration of symptoms, decreased functional (social, cognitive, physical), and negative emotions. Researchers found that back pain sufferers do not describe their back pain to be a flare just because of increased pain, therefore healthcare professionals need to look beyond the pain to visualize what else is going on around the pain episode, 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 dealing with low back pain for over 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 risks for such flare-ups. Increased pain risk rose with days of more afternoon and evening pain, fatigue, and fear of activity. Sleep is recommended to decrease the intensity, frequency, and risk of back pain flares.  (3) The quality of sleep also plays a part in how Millville back pain is experienced.


A study of sleep quality in older adults in six middle-income countries uncovered that women had more sleep problems. Additionally, age, depression, low back pain, and poor self-rated health were also significantly associated with 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 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 preventing him from getting sleep.

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Wilson Family Chiropractic shares research that says good sleep helps keep back pain at bay.  
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