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La Grande Back Pain Benefits from Good Sleep

Exercise tip of the month: sleep. Odd? Not at all! Sleep is just as valuable as exercise for pain management including management for back pain. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC helps many La Grande 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 reason!


Since low back pain often is a condition for life that is intermittent, a condition that is managed rather than cured, it’s a good thing that researchers are studying just how a back pain sufferer can take charge of the La Grande back pain and the frequency that it ‘rears its head.' Question any back pain sufferer and you’ll know that keeping the pain away is a goal. But how? Researchers are studying sleep, fatigue, emotion, and more to find out. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC shares the term “flare” as it has to do with a back pain episode.


A La Grande low back pain flare is one that consists of heightened pain, paresthesia, or muscle tension, longer duration of symptoms, decreased 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, so healthcare professionals need to look beyond the pain to see what else is happening around the pain event, what psychosocial factors are at play. (1,2) The mind-body connection cannot always be ignored! Nor can the time of day that pain is experienced.


Patients suffering with low back pain for over 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 threats for such flare-ups. Increased pain risk rose 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 La Grande back pain is experienced.


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 play a role in chronic low back pain. Fortunately, 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 preventing him from getting sleep.

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Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC shares research that says good sleep helps keep back pain at bay.  
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