When your body is stressed, your muscles tense up! It is almost like a reflex reaction to the stress. This happens because your body has a way of protecting against injury and pain! The tension comes and goes as the stress does, so if you experience chronic stress, you might spend most of your life in a constant state of tension. This tension can lead to chronic back pain.
So, if you are suffering from chronic back pain with no underlying cause, stress could be the culprit!
Here are a few symptoms of stress related back pain:
- Back, neck, and shoulder pain
- Diffuse aches in the muscles
- Sleep problems or fatigue
- Pain that is not area specific
This pain is very real, but it might be easy to think it is all in your head! It is important that you realize that since this pain is not imagined or fake, it needs treatment like any other condition.
You and your doctor can work together to manage your stress related back pain with a combination of the following:
- Pain medication
- Physical therapy
- Psychological techniques for pain management
- Therapy or counseling
If you think that stress could be the culprit for your back pain, don’t hesitate your chiropractor in Vancouver WA! We can help you come up with a plan to achieve meaningful relief.