You probably already know that back pain is often caused by external forces such as sports related injuries, auto accidents, and the stress and strain that can come from repetitive actions, or lifting and carrying heavy objects in improper postures for long periods of time, usually for work related purposes.
However, did you know that back pain can also be a symptom of mental health issues as well? Scientific studies have shown that patients with health conditions related to their mental functioning also often tend to experience physical manifestations of these issues throughout their body.
Back aches, pain, and stiffness in particular are some of the most common results of poor health that is related to high levels of stress, anxiety, and tension in a patient. I recently came across a very helpful and informative article by How Stuff Works that really helped me to better understand the surprising yet understandable, and even common, link between levels of stress and anxiety and the experience of back pain in a particular patient who deals with both of these issues. Here is some helpful guidance on how to find relief from your back pain that may be caused by too much stress in the body.
While there are always medications and medical procedures that can be considered, many people find that turning to completely natural methods to relieve their stress and back pain tends to be very safe and very effective. Chiropractic care is one of the best examples of this. While it may sound unbelievable at first, the spinal manipulations and adjustments that licensed doctors of chiropractic perform on their patients during their sessions can work to eliminate both back pain as well as stress, tension, and anxiety.
During a chiropractic session, the chiropractor will examine the spinal column for any misalignments, which are known as subluxations. These subluxations tend to cause blockages in the central nervous system that make communication between the body and the brain difficult. This in turn makes it less likely for the body to defend itself against both inflammation and stress hormones, which begin to pile up. Fixing these subluxations releases these blockages, which in turn relieves inflammation and actually lowers levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. With regular chiropractic treatment sessions, your physical as well as your mental health and well being can begin to improve and strengthen with each adjustment and manipulation.
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