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Ashburn Back Pain Benefits from Good Sleep

Exercise tip of the month: sleep. Odd? Not at all! Sleep is just as important as exercise for pain management including back pain management. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn helps many Ashburn pain sufferers manage their spine, neck, and back pain with chiropractic spinal manipulation, nutrition advice, and exercise direction. Sleep – good sleep – is included in that list for a good reason!


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 positive thing that researchers are looking into just how a back pain sufferer can take charge of the Ashburn 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 studying sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to find out. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn introduces the term “flare” as it relates to a back pain episode.


A Ashburn low back pain flare is one that consists of increased pain, paresthesia, or muscle tension, longer duration of symptoms, reduced 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 heightened pain, therefore healthcare professionals need to look beyond the pain to know what else is going on around the pain episode, what psychosocial factors are at play. (1,2) The mind-body connection can’t always be ignored! Nor can the time of day that pain is experienced.


Patients dealing with low back pain for over 3 months were studied to see what might bring on a new episode of their pain. Researchers found 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 Ashburn back pain is experienced.


An analysis of sleep quality in mature adults in six middle-income countries uncovered 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 contribute to chronic low back pain. Fortunately, sleep quality is capable of mediating 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 describes his use of Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction to deliver relieving treatment for his arm pain and numbness that was keeping him from getting sleep.

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

Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn presents research that says good sleep helps keep back pain at bay.  
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