Pensacola Back Pain Benefits from Good Sleep

The exercise topic of the month is…sleep?! Unusual? Not at all! Sleep is just as crucial as exercise for pain management as well as back pain management. Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center helps many Pensacola 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!


Since low back pain often is a condition for life that is sporadic, 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 control the Pensacola 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 an objective. But how? Researchers are studying sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to find out. Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center introduces the term “flare” as it relates to a back pain episode.


A Pensacola 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 describe 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 happening around the pain event, 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 suffering with low back pain for over 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 suggested to decrease the intensity, frequency, and risk of back pain flares.  (3) Sleep quality also plays a part in how Pensacola back pain is felt.


A study of sleep quality in older adults in six middle-income countries found that women experienced more sleep problems. Further, 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 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 deliver relieving treatment for his arm pain and numbness that was preventing him from sleeping.

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Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center shares research that says good sleep helps keep back pain at bay.  
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