Baton Rouge Back Pain Benefits from Good Sleep

The exercise topic of the month is…sleep?! Weird? Not at all! Sleep is just as vital as exercise for pain management including back pain management. Spine & Sports Rehab Center helps many Baton Rouge pain sufferers manage their spine, neck, and back pain with chiropractic spinal manipulation, nutrition advice, and exercise direction. Sleep – good sleep – is included in that list for a good purpose!


Since low back pain often is a condition for life that comes and goes, a condition that is managed rather than cured, it’s a positive thing that researchers are looking into just how a back pain sufferer can control the Baton Rouge 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 an objective. But how? Researchers are studying sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to find out. Spine & Sports Rehab Center introduces the term “flare” as it has to do with a back pain episode.


A Baton Rouge low back pain flare is one that includes 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 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 happening around the pain event, what psychosocial factors are at play. (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 more than 3 months were studied to see what might trigger a new episode 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) Sleep quality also plays a part in how Baton Rouge back pain is experienced.


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 associated with sleep problems. (4) Sleep, perceived stress, and anxiety contribute to chronic low back pain. Luckily, 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 discusses his use of Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction to deliver relieving treatment for his arm pain and numbness that was preventing him from getting sleep.

Make your Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment soon. Let us talk sleep next time you are in for a visit!

Spine & Sports Rehab Center presents research that says good sleep helps keep back pain at bay.  
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