Emotional pain and stress can wreak havoc on even the healthiest of bodies. Emotions don’t just fire off in our minds; the mind and bodywork together so every emotion we “feel” we actually feel. The body doesn’t distinguish between physical and psychological threats. After a time, these emotions can do some serious damage.
“Stress” isn’t just an arbitrary word. Stress is a physical attack on our bodies.
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Think about the tension you feel in your back, shoulders, and neck when you are stressed out and tired. You feel it nearly every day right? How many times throughout the day do you reach back and kneed or rub sore areas or take a break to stretch? Daily physical tension from stress is a precursor to chronic pain issues.
We already know emotions and stress can cause things like stomachaches, IBS, and migraines, but emotions and stress can also cause physical pain, sometimes even chronic pain. Studies have shown that chronic pain can be caused by stress and those suffering from traumatic events resulting in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are at risk of developing chronic pain issues. Approximately 15-30% of patients with chronic pain also have PTSD.
It’s a vicious cycle
Stress has both physical and emotional effects on our bodies. Stress causes inflammation, inflammation causes pain. Pain causes distress which causes more stress, which causes more inflammation, which causes more pain.
Back pain affects 8 out of every 10 people at some point in their lifetimes. Doing back exercises or getting massages can help strengthen and loosen the back muscles, but once you have a real problem with pain you need to find other therapies.
The health of your back and spine is important to every other aspect of our health. No one is truly healthy with a bad back. With 30 bones and hundreds of nerves, ligaments, tendons, and muscles the spine houses the electrical grid from our minds. The cauda equina is located in the lower back area; it’s a group of nerves at the bottom of the spinal cord and the main hub of the nervous system’s communication path from the brain to peripheral nerves controlling movement and sensation.
Pain as a Way of Life?
Pain is not something anyone should have to live with and no one should just take two aspirin and pretend it isn’t there. Medications are Band-Aids. You need to find the cause. If you are only trying to mask symptoms, the cause of those symptoms continues which means the damage continues.
It’s important to get a full evaluation of all the symptoms you are having. The pain you are experiencing could be due to a serious injury or illness instead of stress so be sure to consult with a doctor.