Stress And Back Pain

Many of us complain of back pain: A pain that could be directly related to stress.

The physical consequences of chronic stress

Stress is the response or adaptation of the body to a threat or constraint. During evolution, this natural phenomenon has been essential for survival. But when it becomes necessary and chronic, stress can disturb our balance more sustainably, causing mental or physical symptoms, especially at work with sometimes extreme cases leading to burn-out.

But more often, these psychic tensions resound on our body, the muscles of the back and the neck, two sensitive zones, are wrinkled and become painful. Many studies largely confirm these links: the physical constraints, but also the stress, the professional dissatisfaction, and the anger contribute to favor of the occurrence and the frequency of lumbar pains.

Also, low back pain can go hand in hand with anxiety or depression, but we do not know which causes the other. It is sometimes difficult to see if it is stress that causes pain or if it is a chronic pain that contributes to the development and maintenance of stress and negative emotions

Stress And Postural Disturbances

Some physical professions are more exposed than others to back pain, including sedentary occupations. But regardless of the constraints of each job, stress will worsen the situation, favoring postural disturbances. As indicated by Arnaud Foisy, chiropodist-posturologist, the various researches show that the anxiety subjects are more “unstable “than the others. Instability correlated in particular to lumbar or cervical pain.

According to several studies, anxious-depressive states or hyper reactivity are more often associated with asymmetrical postures, leading more quickly to the development of muscle contractures and pains.

Stress: How To End With Back Pain?

Stress is inevitable, mainly when it depends on factors that can not be controlled. But we can better understand it, learn to manage it. When low back pain and stress intermingle, medico-psychological care must be global and multidisciplinary.

Analgesics Can Not Solve Everything

Several recent studies have concluded that most analgesics (including paracetamol) are ineffective in the treatment of back pain and that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) do not reduce pain or improve function. A placebo, not to mention the side effects of some medicines. The College of American Physicians has published a guide to recommendations of good clinical practice that advises, in case of back pain, to resort to non-drug treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or mindfulness meditation. The guide also recommends the use of physical or postural therapies such as physiotherapy, massage, osteopathic manipulations, acupuncture, physical exercise, tai chi, yoga, and balance control exercises. Some movement.