How Back Health Affects the Rest of the Body

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The back is full of nerve receptors that connect directly to the rest of the body. Back pain can seriously affect the rest of the body, making it difficult to perform even the most basic of tasks. Back pain is one of the most common ailments, and is typically brought on by injury, disease, or spine misalignment.

Back pain may manifest in different ways throughout the body, and is most often the result of strained ligaments and muscles around the spine. At times, back pain is caused by structural abnormalities in the bones of the spine.

Back pain may range in severity from mild to severe, and can go from seriously affecting your day to being manageable at night. Pain in the back can also affect the body in a variety of different ways.

Sleep and Back Pain

Sleep and back pain may create a vicious cycle that simply won’t end. Pain doesn’t go away when you lay your head down to sleep at night, and a lack of sleep or bad form in sleep can cause severe pain the next day. Back pain may begin to drastically affect the mood and physical health of the body if sleep is missed for a long period of time.

If you notice signs of wear on your mattress, find that you sleep better on a hotel mattress, or often wake up in the morning with lower back pain, it may be time to take control of the situation.

According to the Better Sleep Council, consumers should evaluate mattresses every five to seven years to determine if they need to be replaced. When buying a new mattress, it’s important to test drive each one to pinpoint which one will lessen lower back pain the most.

Joint Pain Caused by Low Back Pain

Because many of the body’s nerve receptors are located in the back, pressure and pain of the back can also increase pain in other areas of the body, particularly in the joints. Back pain may cause pain in the ankles, knees, hips, and other important joints. When the body overcompensates for pain in joints, it may place additional pressure on the spine or back, creating even more pain.

Back pain is often a sign of a bigger problem. If pain is significantly impacting your ability to get through the day, it may be necessary to see a doctor to determine the underlying causes and potential treatments for back or joint pain.

Emotional Effects

Chronic pain can wear on your mental health after too long. When you feel nothing will ever get better and your pain will never go away, it’s difficult to face each day with a good attitude. Add the difficulties in moving around and lack of sleep that often accompany back pain, and it’s a recipe for disaster.

Those who are constantly in pain also worry incessantly about missing work or completing basic tasks during the day.

Seeking Help When It’s Too Much

Fortunately, back pain is often treatable, and may just be a matter of finding the right options. Consulting a doctor can provide you with valuable information about what is causing your back pain and how to fix it.

Please feel free to contact Ella Gray at ella.l.gray@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.