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How Emotional Stress Affects Your Spine

 What does 'good health' mean to you? For most people, the idea of 'good health' comprises of physical fitness and a disease-free body. Yet while it is not an inaccurate definition, it is definitely an incomplete one. After all, good health also comprises of your mental and emotional well-being, both of which are just as important as your health. When your psychological health is severely affected due to stress, it often manifests in a number of other physical health issues too. 
back pain and emotional stress

Back pain is one such example. Even if you do not suffer from constant back pain, you've definitely experienced a debilitating pain in your spine at least once in your lifetime. Backaches are common all over the world and are the number-one reason behind disability. Treatments usually focus on the physical aspect of back pain, never realizing that emotional factors may actually be what's contributing to the pain too. 

Focusing on this isolated approach to pain seems to be changing with medical science. In fact, now, doctors take emotional health into account when treating conditions, diseases, and aches and pains. There is, in fact, a term for the connection between the physical disorders and psychological health, known as psychosomatics. 

Yet, while medical science may have only recently discovered the link between emotional health and physical disorders, it has been known all along by Chinese experts. In fact, they have always had a firm belief in the link between the body and the emotions a person experiences is strong and can help bring forth the proper and complete treatment of the health issue a person is suffering from. So, let us take a look at how your spine can be affected by emotional stress:

back pain and emotional stress

The Relationship Between Your Spine Health and Emotional Stress

Emotional stress plays a major part in your overall health and well-being. To give you an example, think of the time you have had a headache, most likely caused by stress. This happens due to the fact that stress and other negative emotions make you feel pressured. So as to deal with this added pressure, your body adapts itself to it, leading to pain in different areas. But stress does not only cause pain. It can also delve into a number of diseases and conditions such as obesity, heart disease, asthma, diabetes and many others. 

Emotional stress can also cause one particular condition which can occur in the stages of your life and can possibly last a lifetime or until the stressor causing it is removed. This disorder can cause damage to your spine and requires some treatment. Yet while the exact cause of it is unknown, ancient Chinese experts believe that emotional pressure is a definitive cause. This condition is known as scoliosis, which only takes place in children were the spine is curved towards the side forming a C or an S shape. 

According to Chinese doctors, scoliosis generally develops in children who live in highly emotionally stressful environments. When a child faces emotional trauma on a constant basis they may, as a result, be overburdened by negative emotions. Consequently, the pressure of these negative emotions can cause their spine to curve in order to adapt to the pressure experienced. However, Chinese experts believe that is the factor causing the emotional trauma is removed, the child's health may improve greatly, eliminating the pain, causing the spine to straighten.


As far-fetched as this may sound, even medical science supports the fact that your emotional condition plays a big role. So, if you ever notice a curve in your child's spine, analyze whether they are suffering from any sort of emotional problems. Of course, seeking medical advice from a doctor is essential. But detecting the emotional cause can help in bringing about a holistic treatment of the problem. Be on the lookout for other symptoms such as neck pain and slouching, ensuring that scoliosis is the problem. 

In addition, emotional stress is one of the top reasons behind lower back pain, with studies indicating that most back pain is, in fact, psychological in its origins. With this in mind, if you are looking for permanent freedom from back pain or scoliosis, the best cause of treatment may actually be taking a psychosomatic approach instead of a purely physical one. 

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