Chiropractic Tips for Stress-Related Back Pain
By Sara Butler
Stress can have a significant impact on the body. Most people recognize some symptoms, such as headaches and mood swings, as being related to stress. But there are some symptoms that people do not immediately connect to stress -- like back pain.
The truth is that stress can cause back and neck pain for a variety of reasons. Here's what you need to know about how stress can make your back and neck hurt and what you can do about it.
Why Stress Causes Pain
When you get stressed out your body floods with hormones. These hormones are a part of your body's fight or flight response. Once upon a time, this reaction helped ancient ancestors to flee from predators and other dangers by increasing the blood pressure to supply more blood to the muscles to help in fleeing. Today, there's little need to flee in most situations but the response remains, leading to problems with the way the body functions and causing back and neck pain.
Back Pain and Stress
Tension in the muscles that support the spine and neck is another result of the body's fight or flight response. You can fight back against this working to deal with stress effectively in your everyday life. Some of the easiest ways to do this include:
- Exercise - Exercise improves your overall health but also releases endorphins that help your body to reduce stress and pain. Try to stay active during the day by getting up and moving more and work some gentle stretches for your back and neck into your routine. Talk to your chiropractor about options that can help.
- Eat healthily - What you eat can also impact your stress levels. Make sure to eat a variety of protein, fruits and vegetables, and whole grains each day. This will help support your overall health.
- Relax - You have to make time in your busy schedule to relax. You may be busy, but don't be so busy that you forget to care for yourself and your own needs. You can relax by doing a variety of activities that are easy such as reading a book, meditating, or even spending time with friends or family.
Whatever you choose to do to deal with stress, make sure that you see the chiropractors at The Joint for regular chiropractic adjustments so your body can function at its very best.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Austin, Tex.