mind over back pain
to the surprise of doctors and patients alike, accumulating research suggests that most back pain isn’t actually the result of illness or injury. study after study indicates instead that some back pain is very often caused by our thoughts, feelings, and resulting behaviours. before we go on in this post a shout out to all of you suffering with you own back pain, with your own diagnosis, respect! we hope you better really soon.
ok let’s continue….when our back hurts, it’s only natural to assume that we’ve suffered an injury or have a disease. after all, most pain works this way. when we cut our finger, we see blood and feel pain. when our throat hurts, it’s usually because of an infection.
but back pain is different. there simply isn’t a close connection between the condition of the spine and whether or not people experience pain. research has shown that a majority of people who have never had any significant back pain have the very same “abnormalities” (such as bulging or herniated spinal discs) that are frequently blamed for chronic back conditions.
and then there are the millions of people with back pain who show no structural abnormalities in their back at all.
focusing on the positive mind and reducing anxious, angry, and frustrated thoughts and feelings about our back pain plays in increasing our fear and stress about life in general
and as it turns out, it is precisely this fear and stress that maintains most back pain. this explains why events such as stress and worry all have all been shown to be contributing factors for back pain.
once people start having a negative thought and then start packing on other related worries and fears. soon, that negative thought gains size and momentum, like an enormous snowball growing rapidly as it reels down a hill. if unmanaged, this thought process can lead to a serious emotional avalanche where the person becomes increasingly overwhelmed, land is in a state of significant distress which can look like back pain.
be aware of your self-talk. pay attention to the voice within your head and notice when you are experiencing a negative thought. observe that negative thought or fear and make note of it’s presence. beware not to add additional worries or fears onto this thought. if your mind begins to do that, make sure you self soothe and talk yourself round coach yourself through the moment as if you were your very best friend.
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