Back pain is one of the most prevalent and most disruptive issues for Canadians. It is a common, unfortunate side effect of getting older. There are many different types of back pain with many different causes, but if you are suffering from back pain without having sustained some sort of injury, and without evidence of a chronic condition, then you may be surprised to learn that stress or anxiety could be at the root of your problem.
How does stress cause back pain?
Unfortunately, when back pain is caused by stress or anxiety it can often lead to a self-perpetuating cycle of back pain which can grow into a much more serious issue. In order to battle back pain caused by stress, you should consider which common stressors might be causing you problems.
When stress directly results in back pain
Massage therapists, acupuncturists, and physiotherapists will all attest to the fact that stress often causes knots in patients’ back muscles. The upper back and shoulders are particularly prone to this type of stress induced pain. Once back pain caused by stress begins to affect a patient, they are at risk to develop more serious back pain and damage as a result of the physical limitations caused by their painful back.
When stress indirectly results in back pain
Stress or anxiety don’t always lead to back pain directly. Instead, back pain can be caused by behaviours or other physical responses induced by stress and anxiety. Many behaviours exhibited by people suffering from stress and anxiety lead to serious back pain, including:
How to alleviate back pain caused by stress
To alleviate back pain caused by stress you need to combat both the back pain and its direct and indirect causes by: