Stress can contribute to muscle tension and back pain. That’s why it’s important to manage your stress. Here are some of the back issues that stress can cause:
- Increased inflammation: A lot of stress can disrupt your body’s natural inflammatory response by increasing it. An increase in inflammation can irritate the nerves in your spine and cause pain.
- Reduced blood flow: Stress constricts your blood vessels which reduces your blood flow to your spine. This means that your spine won’t be getting the nutrients and oxygen it needs making it more susceptible to pain.
- Increased muscle tension: When your body is stressed it releases cortisol which causes your muscles to tense up. Having muscle tension for long periods of time can lead to pain.