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Sitka 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 management for back pain. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka helps many Sitka pain sufferers manage 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 reason!


Since low back pain often is a condition for life that is sporadic, 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 control the Sitka back pain and how often 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 find out. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka shares the term “flare” as it relates to a back pain episode.


A Sitka low back pain flare is one that consists of intensified pain, paresthesia, or muscle tension, increased duration of symptoms, decreased 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, so healthcare professionals need to look beyond the pain to know what else is influencing the pain event, 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 suffering with low back pain for over 3 months were studied to see what might trigger a new episode of their pain. Researchers discovered 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 decrease the intensity, frequency, and risk of back pain flares.  (3) The quality of sleep also plays a role in how Sitka back pain is felt.


A study of sleep quality in older adults in six middle-income countries found 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. Luckily, 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 discusses his use of Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction to ease arm pain and numbness that was keeping him from getting sleep.

Set up your Sitka chiropractic appointment soon. Let’s talk sleep next time you are in for a visit!

Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka shares research that says good sleep helps keep back pain at bay.  
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