Eliminating Stress Brings Pain Relief
Getting a handle on everyday stress can help you better manage the pain you’re experiencing.
It’s easy to get stressed out when the pressures of work, family, and everyday life are weighing on you. These stresses can have not only an emotional impact, they can cause physical pain as well.
Stress and pain are often closely linked. Each one can have an impact on the other, creating a vicious cycle that sets the stage for chronic pain and chronic stress. So, part of getting pain relief is learning how to better manage stress.
“Lots of studies support the conclusion that what happens in the brain — depression, anxiety, being stressed out — can increase pain. At the same time, if you have more pain, you may be more stressed,” says Jennifer Schneider, MD, PhD, a chronic-pain specialist and author of the book Living With Chronic Pain. “Each makes the other worse, so if you decrease pain, you’ll likely also decrease stress and anxiety.”
Pain Relief: Understanding the Stress-Pain Connection
It’s not completely clear yet to researchers how stress and pain are related. However, stressed-out people often experience neck, shoulder, and back pain. This could be due to the link between stress and tension in the muscles. It could also be related to brain chemicals.
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