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San Jose Back Pain Benefits from Good Sleep

The exercise topic of the month is…sleep?! Weird? Not at all! Sleep is just as valuable as exercise for pain management including management for back pain. Chiropractic Solutions helps many San Jose pain sufferers manage their spine, neck, and back pain with chiropractic spinal manipulation, nutrition advice, and exercise direction. Sleep – good sleep – is added to that list for a good reason!


Since low back pain many times is a condition for life that comes and goes, a condition that is handled rather than cured, it’s a good thing that researchers are studying just how a back pain sufferer can take charge of the San Jose back pain and how often it ‘rears its head.' Question any back pain sufferer and you’ll know that warding off a pain episode is a goal. But how? Researchers are studying sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to find out. Chiropractic Solutions shares the term “flare” as it relates to a back pain episode.


A San Jose 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 don’t consider their back pain to be a flare just because of increased pain, therefore healthcare professionals need to look past the pain to know what else is influencing 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 felt.


Patients dealing with low back pain for more than 3 months were studied to see what might trigger 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 recommended to reduce the intensity, frequency, and risk of back pain flares.  (3) Sleep quality also plays a part in how San Jose back pain is felt.


An analysis of sleep quality in older adults in six middle-income countries found 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 play a role in chronic low back pain. Luckily, sleep quality is able to mediate 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 getting sleep.

Make your San Jose chiropractic appointment today. Let’s talk sleep next time you are in for a visit!

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