There’s no way to get through the day without experiencing some amount of stress. This is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, a certain amount of stress can be good for you and your body. When the effects of stress begin to interfere with normal function, that is when something should be done immediately.
The effects of stress can manifest in more than emotional discomfort. Over time, excessive amounts of stress will have a negative impact on every part of the body. This includes the back.
Stress as a Contributor to Back Pain:
There is more than one way for stress to be connected with back pain. When an individual is under a great deal of pressure at home or at work, the back muscles may become extremely tense. This means that as the muscles along the spinal column contract, additional pressure is exerted on the lower back. At the same time, the effects of stress may be causing the muscles in the neck to tense. The result is a nagging pain that seems to run from the base of the neck all the way to the bottom of the spine.
In this particular scenario, easing the muscle tension is the only way to alleviate the back pain. Some release can be obtained by applying heat or cold to the back and neck muscles. In severe cases, a physician may recommend muscle relaxers. These should be viewed as ways to treat the symptoms but not the underlying cause. Over the long run, the focus should be on finding ways to reduce the level of stress that the patient experiences.