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Fort Wayne Back Pain Benefits from Good Sleep

September 07, 2021

The exercise topic of the month is…sleep?! Weird? Not at all! Sleep is just as vital as exercise for pain management as well as management for back pain. 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 often is a condition for life that comes and goes, a condition that is handled rather than cured, it’s a positive thing that researchers are studying just how a back pain sufferer can take charge of the Fort Wayne back pain and the frequency that it ‘rears its head.' Question 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 find out. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc introduces the term “flare” as it relates to a back pain episode.


A Fort Wayne low back pain flare is one that incorporates intensified pain, paresthesia, or muscle tension, increased duration of symptoms, reduced 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 visualize what else is influencing the pain episode, what psychosocial factors are involved. (1,2) The mind-body connection cannot always be overlooked! 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 trigger a flare up 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 suggested 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.


A study of sleep quality in mature adults in six middle-income countries uncovered 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. Fortunately, sleep quality is able to mediate anxiety, making sleep a practical 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 getting sleep.

Make your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment today. Let’s talk sleep next time you’re in for a visit!

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