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Is Coffee Bad for Your Back?

By Sara Butler

There are many people who enjoy their morning cups of coffee – and many people who enjoy more than just one cup! Coffee is a staple in the busy lives of many people. It helps you to perk up and face the day, but it may also be the culprit behind your back pain. If you suffer from chronic back pain, that morning cup of joe may make it worse.

It’s Not Just Coffee

Coffee’s pick me up effect is due to the caffeine in it and that caffeine is what may be making your back pain worse. Coffee is not the only culprit you need to look at when you look at your caffeine consumption because energy drinks and sodas are offenders many people drink regularly too.

The Caffeine Link to Back Pain

There’s no evidence that draws a direct relationship between coffee and back pain, but caffeine has been shown to set up a perfect environment for back pain. Stress, chronic inflammation, anxiety, and sleep problems can all exacerbate back pain, and coffee or caffeine can make these conditions worse. If you have arthritis, then coffee can aggravate your condition and make your symptoms worse, too.

Heightened Stress

Many people use coffee and caffeine as a way to keep them going when they have things to do, but there is evidence that this stimulant can make stress levels, as well as the levels of stress hormones in your body, higher.

When you’re stressed, your body releases a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol can cause mood swings, depression, anxiety, and muscle weakness. It also raises your blood pressure. But your body can’t keep the cortisol levels high all the time, and when your levels finally crash out, then it makes it more difficult for your body to deal with stress. This can trigger pain over your entire body because you are simply more sensitive to the pain you are in.

Reducing Caffeine in Your Life

The answer to your increased pain levels may be to say goodbye to coffee and caffeine for good. The problem is that going through caffeine withdrawal can spark pain and stiffness in your body, including your back. Don’t worry, it will pass. Caffeine withdrawal is usually at its worst between one day and two days after you stop, but you should be feeling right as rain after a week or so.

If you think your back or joint pain may be caused by too much caffeine, discuss it with your chiropractor during your next visit to The Joint.

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

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