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Revealing the Link Between Chronic Back Pain and Depression

If you ever wondered if there was any sort of connection between back and spinal health and your mental health, you can wonder no more. Scientists have been able to show in numerous thorough studies that the health and wellness of the spinal column has a direct impact on not only virtually the entire rest of the physical body, but the health and mental well being of a person as well, according to an informative article by Spine Health.

Surprisingly enough, people who have chronic back pain are often considered to be up to four times more likely to develop depression or another mood disorder than a person who does not experience chronic back pain. While chronic pain related conditions and illnesses are often linked with the development of depression, back pain in particular is one of the conditions that is most closely linked to and associated with many mood disorders of varying degrees of severity. 

There are quite a few reasons that explain this connection between chronic back pain and depression. People who experience chronic pain often havedifficulty getting a good night's rest as well. Their pain often keeps them from falling asleep at night, or it often wakes them up and prevents them from getting deep REM sleep. Since sleep deprivation has been scientifically linked with a lower mood, higher anxiety, and the eventual development of major depressive disorder, it is not hard to see why these conditions are linked. 

On a more emotional level, a patient who must deal with chronic back pain will often experience many hardships in a wide array of areas in their life that may severely hurt their mental health. For example, if a chronic back pain condition is severe enough, the patient may be forced into early retirement. For some people, this may lead to a sense of purposelessness and isolation, which are two very common thoughts that are associated with depression. To make matters worse, not being able to work may very well create serious financial troubles fora patient, which will only be exacerbated if the patient has a family or dependents that rely on them for financial security and stability. This can sadly lead to strained relationships and frequent arguments. 

Fortunately, chronic back pain and depression can be treated together in an all natural manner thanks to chiropractic adjustments. Meet with a chiropractor at The Joint clinic nearest you to get started on the path to wellness again.

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