If getting through life without stress is a goal, it’s possible that expectations have been set a little too high.
The Connection Between Stress, Posture, and Back Pain: While it’s an excellent idea to limit stress as much as possible, eliminating it’s next to impossible. But is stress really that harmful? Or is it more like poor posture or back pain … an inevitable part of life that is uncomfortable but relatively harmless in most cases?
Actually, these three common ailments can bring about a bit of pain and ill health to life. And it’s also possible that they feed off of each other. If you live in an environment where stress, bad posture, and back pain are rampant, take a look at how they are connected and what you can do to feel some relief.
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First, it’s important to understand where bad posture originates. Most people have great posture as kids, but it suffers greatly with age. This could be from poor habits, such as excessive TV time or inactivity, or it could be from long commutes and hours spent in desk chairs. Once poor posture is a habit, it pulls on the shoulders, rounds the upper back, and can cause restrictions in the vertebrae of the spine. All of these contribute to pain and discomfort that are hard to correct without assistance.
The stress connection may come from various life places, including work, family situations, and finances. Once the body is stressed, it tenses. The tighter and more inflexible the body becomes, the more difficult it is to regain a relaxed, proper posture. When combined with a posture that is already suffering, the symptoms that come with either, such as body pain, headaches, and insomnia, can intensify.
Tension in the vertebrae, tense joints and muscles, and inflexibility in the body are linked to back pain, naturally. Both poor postures and stress can enhance back pain and make it feel stronger and occur more frequently. And without help in the causes of the pain, the three work in a frustrating cycle. Poor posture and stress lead to back pain, which forces poor posture and more stress.
One of the best things to do to alleviate stress and back pain and regain good posture is to change lifestyle habits. Exercise, strength training, and support devices all work wonders. Another great option is to get regular chiropractic care. Since residents of Houston are unlikely to escape work or long commutes anytime soon, it can feel as though back pain is here to stay, but it doesn’t have to be. Chiropractors can use spinal manipulation to release the tension in the spine and enhance overall health.
As we age, it’s natural for the spine, as well as the other complex structures of the spine, to begin degenerating. Without the proper care, however, the overall health and wellness of the spine can develop complications, such as degenerative disc disease, which could lead to back pain and other painful symptoms. Chiropractic care is a common alternative treatment option utilized to maintain and improve spine health.
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