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Auburn Back Pain Benefits from Good Sleep

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 back pain management. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. helps many Auburn pain sufferers cope with 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 many times is a condition for life that is sporadic, a condition that is handled rather than cured, it’s a good thing that researchers are looking into just how a back pain sufferer can take charge of the Auburn back pain and how often 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 looking at sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to figure that out. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. introduces the term “flare” as it relates to a back pain episode.


A Auburn low back pain flare is one that consists of increased pain, paresthesia, or muscle tension, longer duration of symptoms, reduced functional (social, cognitive, physical), and negative emotions. Researchers found that back pain sufferers don’t describe their back pain to be a flare just because of heightened pain, so healthcare professionals need to look past the pain to know what else is going on around the pain event, what psychosocial factors are involved. (1,2) The mind-body connection can’t always be ignored! Nor can the time of day that pain is felt.


Patients dealing with low back pain for more than 3 months were studied to see what might bring on a flare up 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 reduce the intensity, frequency, and risk of back pain flares.  (3) Sleep quality also plays a role in how Auburn back pain is experienced.


An analysis of sleep quality in mature adults in six middle-income countries found that women experienced 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. 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 describes his use of Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction to ease arm pain and numbness that was keeping him from getting sleep.

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Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. shares research that says good sleep helps keep back pain at bay.  
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