Groton Back Pain Benefits from Good Sleep

Exercise tip of the month: sleep. Weird? Not at all! Sleep is just as important as exercise for pain management as well as management for back pain. Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office helps many Groton pain sufferers cope with 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 is sporadic, a condition that is handled rather than cured, it is a positive thing that researchers are looking into just how a back pain sufferer can take charge of the Groton back pain and how often it ‘rears its head.' Question any back pain sufferer and you’ll know that warding off a pain episode is a goal. But how? Researchers are studying sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to figure that out. Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office shares the term “flare” as it relates to a back pain episode.


A Groton low back pain flare is one that includes 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 consider their back pain to be a flare just because of heightened pain, therefore healthcare professionals need to look past the pain to see 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 experienced.


Patients dealing with low back pain for more than 3 months were studied to see what might precipitate a flare up of their pain. Researchers found that poor sleep quality and morning pain were threats 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 part in how Groton back pain is experienced.


An analysis of sleep quality in older 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 linked to sleep problems. (4) Sleep, perceived stress, and anxiety contribute to 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 ease arm pain and numbness that was preventing him from sleeping.

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Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office shares research that says good sleep helps keep back pain at bay.  
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