The exercise topic of
the month is…sleep?! Unusual? Not at all! Sleep is just as vital
as exercise for pain management as well as management for back
pain. Malverne Health & Wellness helps many Malverne
pain sufferers manage their spine, neck, and back pain with chiropractic spinal manipulation, nutrition advice, and exercise direction. Sleep – adequate
sleep – is added to that list for a good reason!
CONTROLLING BACK PAIN
Since low back pain often is a condition
for life that is intermittent, a condition
that is managed rather than cured, it’s a positive
thing that researchers are looking into just how a back pain
sufferer can take charge of the Malverne back pain and the frequency that it ‘rears its head.' Ask any back
pain sufferer and you’ll know that keeping
the pain away is a goal. But how? Researchers are looking
at sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to find out. Malverne Health & Wellness
shares the term “flare” as it relates to
a back pain episode.
BACK PAIN FLARE
A Malverne low back pain flare is one that consists
of heightened 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, therefore
healthcare professionals need to look beyond the pain to know
what else is happening around the pain event, what
psychosocial factors are at play. (1,2) The mind-body connection
cannot 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 found
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 Malverne back pain is felt.
An analysis of sleep quality in mature
adults in six middle-income countries uncovered that women experienced
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 contribute to chronic low back pain. Luckily, sleep quality is capable
of mediating anxiety, making sleep a practical
recommendation in the treatment plan. (5)
CONTACT Malverne Health & Wellness
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.
Make your Malverne
chiropractic appointment soon. Let us talk sleep
next time you are in for a visit!