Yes, it can. Stress plays a huge role in not only causing back pain, but even managing back pain. As a Chiropractic Physician, I find it can take longer for stressed patients to report relief of their lower back pain than patients who manage their stress to normal levels.
What are the symptoms of stress when it comes to back pain?
Stress can manifest itself in many ways within the body. I’ll discuss some ways it can affect your back. Most people will complain of some kind of back pain in their life. The problem arises, when the pain doesn’t seem to go away within a week or so. The other serious issue arises when the pain actually becomes worse, without doing anything consciously to make it worse. Back pain that keeps you up at night, is generally considered stress related. Of course there are numerous reasons for back pain at night, including diseases like cancer that can cause severe bone pain. That I will save for another article. Stress during the day, can cause relentless back pain that affects your daily activities, especially your concentration, memory, and energy level.
What Can I Do While Sleeping To Help My Stress And Back Pain?
Stress related back pain can become so debilitating that it affects REM sleep as well. The lack of REM sleep can become a vicious cycle that causes more stress! Taking natural supplements to relax the muscles, as well as to relieve the pain are necessary to stop this cycle. The supplement, Glycine, may also be taken to assist in achieving REM sleep. Together, these supplements can relax the muscles enough to fall asleep, and ensure your stage of sleep is deep enough to allow your body to heal while sleeping. We have both products available in our office to help you reduce your stress, and help you sleep better.
What Can I Do During The Day To Help My Stress and Back Pain?
Be sure and breathe deeply throughout the day from the abdomen, not from the shoulders. You should not see your shoulders rise when watching yourself take deep breaths in front of a mirror. Breathe deeply while working, exercising, and resting. So many people breathe shallowly, and this not only minimizes the oxygen going into your lungs, it also causes the muscles of the torso to become weak. This affects posture, and in turn, affects the vital organs of the torso.
Is There An Exercise I Can Do To Help?
A good exercise to do is to lie on your back, preferably on the floor. Take a large book and place it over your belly button. Breathe deeply in through your nose, and out through your mouth. Breathe deeply enough to watch your stomach rise up and down with each long, extended breath. This will train your body to take deep breaths, while reducing stress, and moving the oxygen appropriately throughout your muscles.
If you find you’re having difficulty managing your stress, and have back, neck or other pain, please call me for a consultation to see how I may be able to help you.
Leisa-Marie Grgula, D.C.
20235 N Cave creek Rd. #110
Phoenix, AZ 8524