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Carrolltown Back Pain Benefits from Good Sleep

Exercise tip of the month: sleep. Unusual? Not at all! Sleep is just as important as exercise for pain management as well as management for back pain. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation helps many Carrolltown pain sufferers cope with their spine, neck, and back pain with chiropractic spinal manipulation, nutrition advice, and exercise direction. Sleep – adequate 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 good thing that researchers are looking into just how a back pain sufferer can take charge of the Carrolltown back pain and the frequency that it ‘rears its head.' Ask any back pain sufferer and you will know that warding off a pain episode is a goal. But how? Researchers are looking at sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to find out. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation introduces the term “flare” as it relates to a back pain episode.


A Carrolltown low back pain flare is one that includes intensified pain, paresthesia, or muscle tension, increased duration of symptoms, decreased 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 increased pain, therefore healthcare professionals need to look past the pain to visualize what else is happening around the pain episode, what psychosocial factors are at play. (1,2) The mind-body connection can’t 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 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 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 Carrolltown back pain is experienced.


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

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Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation presents research that says good sleep helps keep back pain at bay.  
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