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The Stress of Back Pain

By Donna Stark

Many people who experience sudden back pain often think, "How in the world did that happen? I didn't even do anything!" It's kind of like those random bruises you find on your leg that look as if some serious damage was done, yet you know you didn't bump into anything. So how does it happen? Where does the pain in your back come from? What many people don't realize is that it's not always a case of what you did 30 minutes ago, or yesterday, or even over the weekend that is causing the pain. Instead, it's more a case of how much stress you have in your life and how long you have been carrying it with you.

Discovering the Cause

Have you ever heard the saying, "the straw that broke the camel's back?" No pun intended, but this saying refers to a minor event that seems to cause a major problem when in reality, the problem had already been brewing for some time. The same thing can be said for chronic stress and back pain. The cumulative effect that chronic stress can have on your back is the perfect canvas for that final piece of straw to come in and wreak havoc on your life. So if you are experiencing sudden back pain and you aren't sure what the source is, head on in to your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic today! But first, before you do that, let's take a look at how anxiety and stress can lead to major back problems.

Anxiety and Stress

High anxiety and elevated stress levels can cause the muscles in the back to tighten up, so much that they will start to experience chronic pain, stiffness, soreness, and immobility. This may cause the spine to be held in an abnormal position, interfering with the proper function of the body's nervous system. On top of that, those tight muscles are also more susceptible to injury which can cause a host of other health issues.

Chiropractic Care for Chronic Stress

Your body always finds a way to let you know when you have ignored your health for too long, but you can stay a step ahead of that by seeing your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic regularly. Your chiropractor can help release muscle tension, soothe irritated nerves, improve blood circulation, and relieve many other symptoms of stress, all which will help return the body to a more relaxed state and reduce the risk of any further damage.

It's also important to reduce or manage some of your stress and your chiropractor will be able to give you some suggestions on how to do so as well. So come on in today! With more than 425 locations nationwide, no appointment or referral needed, and convenient weekend hours, it couldn't be any less stressful to find some relief from that sudden back pain!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mesa, Ariz.

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