Be mindful of your daily stress as emotional and psychological stress can make pain problems worse.
Stress can cause the release of hormones that increase the perception of pain and cause back muscles to tighten up, which can lead to decreased blood flow to those muscles.
Stress and back pain can become a vicious cycle, as each can lead to the other and feed off each other. So stop the cycle sooner rather than later by managing your stress level.
Aerobic exercises decrease stress hormones while increasing your body’s natural endorphins, which will help improve mood and decrease back pain.
Relaxation techniques and stretching exercises can also decrease stress while improving back pain.
Also remember a goodnight’s sleep and allowing your body to rejuvenate, will go a long way in decreasing your body’s stress levels.
You can find more information about aerobic exercises, relaxation techniques, and sleep in other parts of this tutorial.
Stretching & Core Strengthening
Understanding Your Medications
Living With Chronic Pain
Your Pain Specialist and You