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Fort Wayne Back Pain Benefits from Good Sleep

The exercise topic of the month is…sleep?! Unusual? Not at all! Sleep is just as valuable as exercise for pain management as well as back pain management. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc helps many Fort Wayne 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 purpose!


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 control the Fort Wayne 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 a goal. But how? Researchers are looking at sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to figure that out. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc shares the term “flare” as it has to do with a back pain episode.


A Fort Wayne low back pain flare is one that incorporates increased pain, paresthesia, or muscle tension, increased 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 increased pain, therefore healthcare professionals need to look past the pain to see what else is going on around the pain episode, what psychosocial factors are involved. (1,2) The mind-body connection cannot always be ignored! Nor can the time of day that pain is felt.


Patients dealing with low back pain for over 3 months were studied to see what might bring on a flare up of their pain. Researchers found 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 recommended to reduce the intensity, frequency, and risk of back pain flares.  (3) The quality of sleep also plays a part in how Fort Wayne 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 associated with sleep problems. (4) Sleep, perceived stress, and anxiety play a role in chronic low back pain. Fortunately, sleep quality is capable of mediating 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 preventing him from sleeping.

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Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc presents research that says good sleep helps keep back pain at bay.  
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