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McHenry Chiropractic Exercise Recommendation Benefits for Sleep and Back Pain

Exercise. McHenry back pain sufferers get the recommendation to exercise often. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic recommends it, also. Exercise keeps showing its benefit for low back pain relief and prevention…and a new report shows benefit for improved sleep quality!


Low back pain is a burden for the low back pain sufferer, the family, the community, and the healthcare system. Healthcare providers and researchers investigate suggested long-term ways to decrease this problem for whose sufferers’ disability continues. Exercise tops the list of non-invasive, non-drug general recommendations with manual therapy and massage in that list as well. (1) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic is the McHenry back pain specialty clinic to which many back pain sufferers go.


Numerous chronic back pain sufferers find themselves going to their primary care practitioners first. It’s a pretty normal experience. Primary care recommendations for chronic low back pain care typically involve exercise, oral prescriptions of NSAIDs and SNRI’s like duloxetine. In research, there is a curious statistic called “number to treat” which denotes the number of patients with a certain condition who need to undergo the treatment recommendation for 1 of them to find benefit. In this recent study, the number to treat for 1 chronic low back pain patient to report benefit from exercise was 7, from NSAIDs 6, and SNRIs 10. Of these 3 options, exercise was the only intervention that showed sustained chronic low back pain relief after the intervention ended and up to 48 weeks later. (2) Exercise is a valued, self-management, non-drug option for chronic low back pain patients. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic always incorporates it in the McHenry chiropractic treatment plan. Exercise puts some control of chronic low back pain in our McHenry chiropractic patients’ hands.


An additional beneficial patient-controlled option is the sleep and exercise option. Lack of sleep – time and/or quality – is a problem for so many McHenry chiropractic patients. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic often hears our patients talk about sleep difficulties. Sleep is rejuvenating for the body and the mind. Exercise is often prescribed to address sleep and mood issues. An interesting study about the relationship between sleep and exercise features some interesting findings in young women and men. There are differences for each! Men who exercised more frequently reported falling asleep quicker, less daytime issues, and less depressive mood. Women who exercised more often went to bed early, experienced better sleep quality, and reported more benefit from sleep, less depressive mood, and less anger. (3) Regular exercise is key for so many issues!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Pamela Aaron on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she describes a case of a young lady with low back pain and her treatment with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management and strengthening exercise that helped.

Make your McHenry chiropractic appointment soon. “Exercise.” It is a recommendation OrthoIllinois Chiropractic will continue to share for back pain relief and prevention in addition to improved sleep.

OrthoIllinois Chiropractic shares new research about the benefit of exercise for back pain relief and sleep.  
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