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Montreal Back Pain Benefits from Good Sleep

The exercise topic of the month is…sleep?! Odd? Not at all! Sleep is just as vital as exercise for pain management including back pain management. Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic helps many Montreal 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 reason!

CONTROLLING BACK PAIN

Since low back pain often is a condition for life that comes and goes, a condition that is handled rather than cured, it is a good thing that researchers are studying just how a back pain sufferer can control the Montreal 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 an objective. But how? Researchers are studying sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to figure that out. Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic shares the term “flare” as it has to do with a back pain episode.

BACK PAIN FLARE

A Montreal low back pain flare is one that incorporates intensified pain, paresthesia, or muscle tension, increased duration of symptoms, reduced functional (social, cognitive, physical), and negative emotions. Researchers found that back pain sufferers do not describe their back pain to be a flare just because of increased pain, therefore healthcare professionals need to look beyond the pain to visualize what else is influencing the pain event, what psychosocial factors are involved. (1,2) The mind-body connection cannot always be overlooked! Nor can the time of day that pain is felt.

PAIN: MORNING NOON AND NIGHT

Patients suffering with low back pain for more than 3 months were studied to see what might precipitate a new episode of their pain. Researchers discovered that poor sleep quality and morning pain were risks 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 role in how Montreal back pain is experienced.

SLEEP QUALITY

A study of sleep quality in older 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 linked to sleep problems. (4) Sleep, perceived stress, and anxiety contribute to chronic low back pain. Luckily, 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 describes his use of Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction to ease arm pain and numbness that was keeping him from sleeping.

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Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic presents research that says good sleep helps keep back pain at bay.  
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