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McHenry 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 back pain management. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic helps many McHenry 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 many times is a condition for life that is intermittent, a condition that is handled rather than cured, it’s a good thing that researchers are looking into just how a back pain sufferer can control the McHenry 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 a goal. But how? Researchers are looking at sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to figure that out. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic shares the term “flare” as it relates to a back pain episode.


A McHenry 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 do not 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 episode, 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 dealing with low back pain for more than 3 months were studied to see what might precipitate a flare up of their pain. Researchers discovered that poor sleep quality and morning pain were risks 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 McHenry back pain is felt.


A study of sleep quality in mature adults in six middle-income countries uncovered 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 deliver relieving treatment for his arm pain and numbness that was keeping him from sleeping.

Make your McHenry chiropractic appointment now. Let’s talk sleep next time you’re in for a visit!

OrthoIllinois Chiropractic shares research that says good sleep helps keep back pain at bay.  
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