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Colorado Springs Back Pain Benefits from Good Sleep

Exercise tip of the month: sleep. Weird? Not at all! Sleep is just as valuable as exercise for pain management including management for back pain. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR helps many Colorado Springs 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 reason!

CONTROLLING BACK PAIN

Since low back pain many times is a condition for life that comes and goes, a condition that is managed rather than cured, it is a good thing that researchers are looking into just how a back pain sufferer can take charge of the Colorado Springs back pain and the frequency that 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 studying sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to figure that out. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR introduces the term “flare” as it relates to a back pain episode.

BACK PAIN FLARE

A Colorado Springs 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 increased pain, so healthcare professionals need to look past the pain to know what else is influencing the pain episode, what psychosocial factors are involved. (1,2) The mind-body connection can’t always be overlooked! Nor can the time of day that pain is felt.

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 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 reduce the intensity, frequency, and risk of back pain flares.  (3) Sleep quality also plays a part in how Colorado Springs back pain is experienced.

SLEEP QUALITY

An analysis of sleep quality in mature 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 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 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 discusses his use of Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction to ease arm pain and numbness that was preventing him from sleeping.

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The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR shares research that says good sleep helps keep back pain at bay.  
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