The Connection Between Stress And Back Pain


The Connection Between Stress And Back Pain


There is a strong connection between stress and back pain. Stress causes a release of stress hormones that increase the perception of pain. Stress hormones also cause the muscles to tighten up. The muscles may tense up so much they go into painful spasms. Back and neck muscles are particularly sensitive to the effects of stress.Muscle tension reduces blood flow to the tissues (reduced oxygen and nutrients to the tissues) which delays healing and also builds up of acidic waste products in the tissue that can cause fatigue and pain.

The back is less capable of tolerating even mild abuse (such as lifting a heavy load, poor posture, a sudden twist, etc.) when a person is under stress. Stress causes the muscles to tighten up, leaving them vulnerable to injury. Tense back muscles increase back pain and pain increase tensing of muscles — a vicious cycle of stress and back pain can be created.

Natural Stress Relief Technics

Relieving stress can reduce pain that is aggravated or caused by tense muscles. Managing stress on an ongoing basis may also help prevent back pain from occurring in the first place.

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  • Heat therapy + Aromatherapy – Nature Creation’s natural relief packs will help you to relieve back pain reduce stress and promote muscle relaxation naturally. These wonderful natural heating pads combine the benefits of heat therapy for pain relief with the benefits of aromatherapy for stress relief. They are easy and simple to use and provide constant relief. The Heat will increase the blood flow to the target tissue providing more oxygen and nutrition, expediting its healing process.
  • Exercise – Stress can be relieved through exercise. Aerobic exercise is a particularly effective form of exercise for relieving stress, aerobic exercise burns off stress hormones and increases the body’s production of endorphins — nat­u­rally occurring chemicals that relieve pain and improve mood. Stretching exercises also can relieve stress and loosen tight muscles. Yoga incorporates poses that increase strength and flexibility with breathing techniques to relieve stress.

There are many relaxation techniques, from simple deep breathing that are easy to learn to self-hypnosis that must initially be taught by a qualified professional. Other relaxation techniques include meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, biofeedback.


*This article is meant for basic informational purposes only. It is not intended to serve as medical advice, substitute for a doctor’s appointment or to be used for diagnosing or treating a disease. Users of this website are advised to consult with their physician before making any decisions concerning their health.


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The Benefits Of Heat Therapy For Back Pain

– What Happens When You Are Stressed?

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