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The Link Between Chronic Pain And Insomnia (And How Chiropractics May Help)

When I recently came across an article by Spine Health that discussed in great detail the link that exists between chronic pain in the body, and a lack of proper rest due to insomnia, I was not exactly surprised at the information I learned.

What I mean by this is that it seems pretty obvious to me that chronic pain would certainly make it difficult for anyone to fall asleep, while also realizing that not getting a good night’s rest on a consistent basis could definitely make it easier for the body to become more susceptible to experiencing aches and pains on a long term basis. In fact, the article reports that out of the fifteen percent of young people in the country, and fifty percent of the elderly population, who experience chronic pain, sixty five percent of those people also tend to have some sort of sleep disorder. Whether they are dealing with the inability to fall asleep, or a constant state of having their sleep disrupted by waking up in the middle of the night, this issue is serious enough to feed a seemingly never-ending cycle of pain and exhaustion.

Interestingly enough, it turns out that back pain is the most commonly reported type of chronic pain that’s associated with a link to insomnia and sleep disorders as well. It certainly makes sense that having achesand pains in the back would make getting proper rest during the night a truly elusive idea. Patients who report having chronic back pain also almost always report that the pain ends up waking them in the middle of the night on a consistent basis. Even if the do manage to fall back asleep, their natural sleep cycle has already been disrupted, and their rest will simply not be as deep or prolonged as the body truly needs it to be.

Fortunately, there are ways to address these kinds of issues. While most conventional treatment methods, such as medications and other risky procedures, tend to only help one problem at a time, getting regular adjustments and treatments from a doctor of chiropractic can work in a truly unique way by addressing both of these problems together. Chiropractic can bring much needed and long lasting pain relief by reducing inflammation in the body and restoring mobility to the joints in areas where stiffness may be occurring. This, along with the fact that chiropractic can improve circulation throughout the body, will work to ensure a better night’s sleep every night. 

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