Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Feeling Stressed? It Could Lead to Back Pain

Do you get stressed every year around this time? It’s November, which means the holiday season is fast approaching. If your head spins just thinking about hosting the entire family for Thanksgiving dinner, you probably tend to stress out. But did you know stress can lead to back pain?

Stress is a psychological and emotional pressure exerted on the body and can cause serious physical consequences, like back pain. Aches and pains are frequently the result of stress-induced situations. Other stress-related back pain symptoms may include:
  • Back and/or neck pain
  • Muscle aches
  • Muscle tenderness/tension
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • And more

How is such a psychological response connected to a physical pain felt by the body? Researchers point to the chemical release of cortisol and its effect on the body’s ability to regulate inflammation.

The more inflamed areas of the body (like the muscles near the spine) become, the higher the likelihood of chronic back pain, neck pain and extremity pain. Even worse, stress and back pain can be a vicious cycle. Stress can lead to back pain, but back pain can also lead to more stress.

If you find yourself worrying about how clean your house is for your holiday guests, that long car ride you have to sit through with your fidgety kids, or all those recipes you need to perfect, find a way to de-stress. The last thing you need to deal with is irritating back pain the next few months.

Do you find yourself dealing with unbearable back pain every year around this time? It could be linked to stress. Learn about spine pain treatments that can get rid of your discomfort for good.

Read more on the link between stress and physical pain from the Huffington Post.


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