Can Stress Cause Lower Back Pain?
For a long time, people have been able to accept that stress can exacerbate already existing lower back pain.
However, it wasn't until just recently that studies are showing stress can cause back problems. Back problems originating from stress are "psychosomatic" or "psycho-physiological" conditions.
Psychosomatic can be defined as when a physical problem originates from a feeling or emotion. You can have a combination of real pain that begins to evolve into psychological pain.
For example, if you already have back pain, you may have feelings of depression. Without taking care of your negative feelings they can manifest into more pain.
It's a common myth that psychosomatic problems aren't serious. Back pain from stress and anxiety exists more than you might think.
The truth is the physical pain you feel is real and presents real threats. People who deal with pain on a daily basis enter into a pain cycle that often looks like this:
- The patient has problems completing simple tasks like bending over.
- The patient starts to fear the pain and limits activities more.
- With less physical activity the back muscles weaken.
- The pain levels rise and cause the patient to say in bed.
Yet for other individuals, a healthy body can begin to suffer from back problems as stress and anxiety grow.
What Causes Anxiety or Stress?
An excess of negative emotions can cause anxiety. Emotions like anger, worry, fear, or distress are normal feelings to have. However, when you feel those feelings frequently, and not in stressful situations, it is commonly due to a chemical imbalance in the brain.
Some of the reasons you are experiencing that imbalance could include:
- Medical problems without a diagnosis
- Brain Chemistry
When suffering from anxiety or stress related to your back pain, it’s best to get ahead of it. A proper back brace can support your spine and help reduce any strain, which could help your anxiety as well.
Solutions for Anxiety
To treat your back pain you'll need a way to lessen the anxiety you feel on a daily basis. Here are a few ways you can reduce your stress levels.
- Self-help books
- Vitamin supplements
- Healthy diet
- Reduce caffeine
Core stretches are another great way to relieve stress and help your back. Go slow while you complete the core stretches and focus on your breathing.
On your journey to reduce your stress, you have to be patient with yourself. Even after you have consistently been practicing mindfulness you may find yourself resorting to old habits.
It's normal to slip back into your routine of worrying, irregular breathing, or feeling upset. It can take a while for your body to accept your new stress-free life.
How to Treat Chronic Back Pain & Stress
Stress and lower back pain have to be taken care of right away. Finding ways to support your back can bring you the relief you need to start reducing your stress and anxiety.
A great way to accomplish this is by trying a back brace to start reducing your pain. Back-A-Line believes the health of your back is one of the most important things in your life. For this reason, we offer a risk-free trial for one of our back braces. Try it out! It could be the trick you need to eliminate back pain and boost your mental health.