Pain and Stress
The relationship between pain and stress is frequently caused by the inability to function physically coupled with the encounter of the pain itself. There is a huge impact that stress plays in our every day life, added variables such as pain can magnify the effects of stress on both the body and mind.
The human body can be a contradictory subject. It is an incredible and complicated structure. It is strong yet fragile, durable yet delicate, muscular yet flexible. Pain associated with our body can be subtle but yet sometimes very obvious. These warnings of pain are a means of self preservation and protection against further structural damage.
I myself have a titanium plate in my neck that fused three of my disks together due to a past injury. Due to current conditions of yet another herniated disk and degenerative disc disease, I experience painful tenderness and throbbing that extends from my neck down the back and causes severe pain when the disks compress themselves.
This pain causes tension which in turn triggers frequent headaches.
For years I experienced different therapies for pain reduction. I have used Cox Spinal Decompression Therapy for the last 2 years and have found this treatment to be very successful.
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We are subjected to additional stress when restrictions are placed on our normal activities. Painful back episodes or headaches can affect many areas of your life from the active tasks to maintaining a sedentary position.
When pain and stress run concurrent with each other our emotions are heightened as we are faced with feelings of frustration, fatigue and aggravation. This mixture of variables can lead to emotional outbursts. Hence, the results of stress surface.
How to control both pain and stress
- Professional help – Seek the help of a professional medical doctor or a chiropractic physician to reduce the pain.
- Walking –Keeping your injury in mind. Follow the advice of your doctor. A simple stress free walk can help strengthen your muscles as well as quiet the mind and relax the body.
- meditation – 30 minutes a day or short 10 minute intervals at work to meditate or relax in a quiet, dim setting can rejuvenate your body and clear your mind.
- Music - Listening to soothing music and using Stress Breathing Techniques are an anytime anywhere escape from the daily stressors that you face.
- Delegate – Cut down your to-do list. Only do what is absolutely necessary and delegate any tasks possible to both reduce your activity and/or repetitive actions and focus on the most important matters.
- Stress Management – Place additional focus on stress management techniques to maintain a healthy balance and control over all areas of your life.
- Spa massage – This is used for a multiple of reasons, pain and stress relief are two common reasons for many individuals to seek treatment. Theories behind what massage might do include blocking pain signals to the brain, stimulating the release of endorphins and serotonin, improving sleep, decreasing muscle tension, increasing flexibility and blood flow making the body relaxed and better able to function.
When you understand the correlation between back pain and stress you will be able to recognize and be aware of the huge impact that stress plays in our everyday life and what triggers, such as pain, can magnify its presence. This is yet another aspect of the functioning of our incredible and complicated structure.
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