Sleep and Chiropractic Care by James E Cheeley

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By James E. Cheeley

Cheeley Chiropractic Inc.

09/21/2022 at 14:23

The American Sleep Association reports that 50-70 million adults in the United States (US) suffer from a sleep disorder. Poor sleep is associated with several adverse health effects, including a high risk of musculoskeletal pain.

Although the exact mechanisms are not fully understood, current research suggests that the relationship between musculoskeletal pain and sleep disturbances is bi-directional. In other words, people with a sleep disorder are more likely to develop a painful condition and people with pain are more likely to have trouble sleeping.

Chiropractic care has been studied in many populations where sleep deprivation is common, particularly in patients with fibromyalgia, a condition characterized by sleep disturbances, fatigue, and pain in multiple areas of the body. One such study published in 2000 reported that fibromyalgia patients who received 30 chiropractic treatments experienced substantial improvements in pain intensity, fatigue, and sleep quality.

In a systematic review, researchers identified 15 studies linking chiropractic care to benefits for patients with insomnia. For low back pain and neck pain, which are two of the most common chronic conditions that interfere with sleep, chiropractic management is not only helpful, but is RECOMMENDED as the first level of care in clinical guidelines around the world.

Chiropractic offers the following services to help resolve sleep disorders: manual therapies such as manipulation, mobilization and soft tissue work which can help relax the nervous system; nutritional approaches, including the use of supplements like melatonin, L-theanine, 5-HTP (5-hydroxy-tryptophan) and valerian root; weight management (obesity is a risk factor for insomnia); and education/advice on sleep position, napping, relaxation methods (breathing exercises, mindful meditation), no “screen time” before bed, pillow placement and size, and more.

TAKE HOME MESSAGE: Chiropractic care helps manage pain from MANY conditions. Pain disturbs sleep. Sleep is NECESSARY to avoid debilitating chronic illnesses (like fibromyalgia) and maintain a high quality of life, so seek chiropractic care FIRST and sleep well tonight!

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