Body and mind cannot be regarded as two separate entities: if there’s something wrong with your body, it will quickly dampen your mood. Conversely, it’s also true that your body responds when something is affecting your mental well-being. The same applies to back pain. Body and mind cannot be regarded as two separate entities: if there’s something wrong with your body, it will quickly dampen your mood. Conversely, it’s also true that your body responds when something is affecting your mental well-being. The same applies to back pain.

The interaction of body and mind is even used in everyday sayings. Something upsets your stomach, does your head in – or weighs heavy on your shoulders. As a matter of fact, stress can contribute significantly to general, non-specific back pain. It’s therefore all the more important that you don’t only take care of your back but also listen within yourself when symptoms occur.

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Finding the root causes of stress – also for your back’s sake

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“Oh boy, so much stress!” This quickly slips out when things are particularly hectic. But stress has many facets. Sometimes, the day is full of tasks that need to be accomplished. Parents in particular have to juggle all kinds of things: collecting the children from training after their own work, going grocery shopping, helping the children with their homework, calling grandma, cleaning the house...

 

If the workload is too high or time pressure persists for an extended period, this is also draining. Or worries may affect you more than you’d like – perhaps concerns relating to your employment or a loved one. Family tension and social burdens also affect the mental state.

 

You may not even notice how stressed you are on a daily basis. It may seem almost normal when you can’t catch a break. Sometimes, you may not wish to admit how much certain problems affect your mental well-being. But mental pressure, worries, and anxiety can also lead to back pain and tension. That’s why it’s important to deal with your stress.

Your way to escape stress – speak to your physician!

Stress is a complex subject. There are therefore many different measures, from relaxation techniques to professional help provided by a physician. That’s why you should speak to your physician about the possible causes of your stress and what support could help you. So you can prepare effectively for this talk, we’ve compiled a checklist for you.

 

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Our tips to combat stress

Even if there may be many possible causes – you could probably do with less stress in everyday life. But you have to pay attention first: When do you feel stressed? How do you structure your day, your week? During which moments or phases do you feel relaxed? Depending on your answers, you can adjust your behavior and make sure that action and relaxation are balanced.

 

The following suggestions may help to begin with:

 

  • Regular breaks are important. Set up a reminder at work and treat yourself to moments of relaxation.
  • Listen to your back. When you start to notice that you’re subjecting it to excessive strain, take a break.
  • An active lifestyle reduces stress because time with friends and family, exercising, and pursuing hobbies are great ways to compensate and ensure a healthy mental state.
  • Avoid inactivity. Rest is important but simply sitting in front of the TV doesn’t reduce stress.

 

These tips are designed to provide additional support. If you’re already discussing stress with a physician or other specialists, these tips are there to complete the experience, not as a substitute. Please don’t change your current treatment without the specialist treating you approving our supplementary tips.

Think positive and get active!

Like most things, the relationship between stress and back pain also has two sides: just as stress can promote or trigger back pain, so can back pain lead to stress. This is quite obvious really: pain burdens us and affects our mood – and we want to get rid of it as quickly as possible.

 

 

As bothersome as back pain may be: try not to allow it too much space in your head. If, in cases of non-specific back pain, your physician doesn’t stipulate any restrictions, you can pursue all your everyday activities as normal and you don’t have to do without anything. In these cases, exercise can even have a positive effect on your mental health.

Gaining confidence

Back pain or thinking about back training can make you uncertain and you may not know whether you should be active and what form any exercise should take. This is when wearing a support or orthosis is recommended if the treating medical staff approves or prescribes it. When supports and orthoses are fitted and used correctly, they will relieve your back and provide stability – not just during training but also during everyday activities

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Would you like to know more about our back supports and orthoses as well as their effectiveness? Find out here what’s special about them and how they can alleviate your problems.

 

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* This online advice gives an initial insight into this area of expertise, and suggests selected medical diagnosis and treatment options. Even though the details are scientifically substantiated, we do not claim that all information is complete or that all schools of thought are represented. All contents, in particular those about diagnostics and treatment options (texts, images, graphs, etc.), are understood as non-binding support for the treatment that must be chosen by a physician or specialist. This online advice is no substitute for the necessary personal medical history and its overall assessment by a physician / a professionally trained and qualified specialist, considering ongoing treatment, if applicable.