Is Stress the Cause of Your Back Pain?

Everyone has stress in their lives, and we all experience it differently. Some people can use calming techniques or let stressful situations flow over them without worry. Others think about the situation or crisis and resolve stress by finding solutions. Sometimes, however, no easy solutions exist, and the feeling can build up. When this causes tension, it can produce many problems, including tension headaches, migraines, muscle stiffness, and back pain.

We have had many people walk through our doors who are going through something that adds to their tension. At the Non-Surgical Spine Center, we look at every aspect before deciding the cause of your pain. It is important to give us the whole story to be able to determine this.

A Heavy Load

Not all weight is physical. People often discuss stress as a “weight” on their shoulders, and the metaphor is rooted in truth. The physical response is a “flight or fight” when we cannot physically release the buildup of tension with action; our muscle tension can aggravate the nerves, causing back pain.stress

How to Solve Stress

There are some steps you can take to reduce this in your life. First, obviously, is dealing with whatever situation is causing the feeling. However, this is not always possible, and sometimes it’s necessary to learn to live with a situation while releasing the tension. Depending upon what’s stressing you out, you may need to address work, relational issues, or time management.

  • Focus. When dealing with work issues, try focusing on what you’re doing. Don’t try to juggle too many tasks at once. Try making a list of your tasks, rating each by its importance, and tackle one at a time.
  • The 3Ds: Deal, delegate, or dump. Rather than allowing tasks or problems to pile up, consider how you will handle them and set a time limit or goal. A concrete plan for dealing with a problem helps reduce the intense feeling.
  • Ask for help. Consider getting some assistance if you’re stressed out over work or chores.
  • Remember to make time for yourself.

Take Care of Yourself

Healthy eating, regular exercise, and getting enough sleep can all help reduce tension. Indulge in activities you enjoy regularly and spend time with friends. Stress may be inevitable, but it doesn’t have to leave you in pain. Call us today to schedule a consult with Dr. Alexander to determine if this could be causing your pain and what we can do to help. 

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