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Posted May 03 2010 2:14pm

Stress is a major contributor to many health problems as well as back pain.

When your body is under a lot of stress it releases stress hormones into the body which can have an adverse effect.

In back pain sufferers this can cause your muscles to tighten up which then reduces blood flow and therefore provision of nutrients and oxygen to the tissues in that area, and the result is spasm and a build up of waste products and eventually muscle pain and weakness.

In a recent study in the Spine Journal it showed patients suffering psychological distress are three times more likely to develop back pain.

The worst affected areas are neck and upper back due to the fact that these muscles and joints are smaller and therefore more likely to tighten.

Apparently the psychological aspects of stress can also cause back pain sufferers to believe their pain is worse as they are highly stressed and feeling very negative about their situation. Hmm.....

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