Backpain and Stress
Back pain and Stress
by Susan J Del Gatto
The relationship between backpain and stress is frequently caused by the inability to function physically coupled with the encounter of the pain itself. There is a huge impact that stress plays in our every day life. Added variables such as pain can magnify the effects of stress on both the body and mind.
Back pain focuses around our spinal column that extends from the neck through to the lower back. We put this body part to the test of its durability every day. We push, pull, bend, crawl, or lift on a regular basis. Most individuals will suffer a bout with backpain and stress at some point in their lifetime.
I had hurt myself in similar ways many times in the past but this seemed different. I thought the pain would eventually disappear as it always had.
Months later when I reached the determination that the pain wasn't going to go anywhere, I made a visit to the best specialist I knew. The verdict was three herniated discs in the neck and degenerative disc disease. With no other options available surgery was eminent.
I have spent a third of my life dedicated to helping people reduce the every day stressors they face in their life. Backpain and stress became another challenge.
The limitations and modifications that are placed on our body when dealing with back pain lead to emotional stress due to the lack of physical mobility that negatively impacts our current lifestyle. This can affect many actions from gardening (hobbies) to social gatherings (activity) to merely sitting at a desk (work). A mother may be prevented from lifting and comforting her own child.
When our body is subjected to backpain and stress this can initiate even further discomfort triggered by our bodies natural reaction to tense the muscles as it responds to the trauma. This may lead to tension headaches, fatigue or possible insomnia when sleep is disrupted due to pain.
The intensity of pain can lead to depressing mood changes, which lead to stress. When our physical restrictions limit our movements our frustration and feelings of irritability can increase and this in turn may cause an exaggeration or magnification of negative emotions and experiences that are encountered throughout the normal course of the day.
We are in pain and agitated. This mixture of variables can lead to emotional outbursts. Hence, the results of stress surface.
Years later with a titanium plate in my neck that fused three of my discs together I still suffer from degenerative disc disease and an additional herniated disc.
For years I experienced different therapies for pain reduction. Not all therapies work for everyone, you will need to find the therapy that best suites your needs to relieve pain. I have used Cox Spinal Decompression Therapy for the last 2 years and have found this treatment to be very successful.
There are many stress management techniques beneficial to controlling pain and limiting the stress you face in everyday life. Some of my favorite techniques are listed below. Remember first and foremost seek the help of a professional medical doctor or a chiropractic physician to determine the extent to your injuries.
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