Chronic pain can strike at the most inconvenient times – in the middle of moving house, right before that important presentation, or during a busy time at work. Whilst many people attribute their pain to physical causes, it’s no coincidence that pain often occurs during the most stressful periods in our lives.
If you’re struggling to pinpoint the reasons behind your chronic pain, you might find the answers have been there all along. Let’s take a look at the unmistakeable links between pain and stress that so often get overlooked.
Stress and Coping Mechanisms
Our health is comprised of a complex web of interrelated factors – including our mental and emotional wellbeing as well as our physical health. It’s far easier to ignore our inner thoughts and feelings than physical sensations, which is why our head often rules over our heart when dealing with stress.
Whilst our bodies have incredible coping mechanisms, everyone has their limits. The further you push your wellbeing to the edge, the more likely things are to go wrong physically. When you’re ignoring the signs internally (anxiety, stress, fatigue and anger), the body needs to find an outlet eventually.
The Chronic Pain Cycle
Long-term stress can trigger a protective response, causing pain as a symptom of your deteriorating emotional and mental wellbeing. So if the amount of pain you’re in doesn’t add up to the supposed cause, or you can’t seem to find a reason at all, it may be that stress is to blame.
Chronic pain occurs when we fail to address the issues causing our pain, leading to problems such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and long-term back pain. These issues won’t go away after a few days’ rest; to resolve chronic pain once and for all, it’s crucial to tackle the root causes that are triggering the inflammatory response.
The Role of Pain Therapy
This is where pain therapy comes into play. By identifying the internal issues that your body is fighting against, you can finally understand why the pain exists and learn how to resolve it. Perhaps you’re in a toxic relationship, in a high-pressure job that deep down you don’t want to be in, or simply balancing too many responsibilities at once.
To prevent the pain from returning, it’s also important to understand your personality, your individual coping methods, and how this relates to your health. Are you a perfectionist? Do you tend to bottle things up? By tuning in to the way you handle stress, and your own tipping point, you can avoid recurring pain in the future.
Stress and pain are inexplicably linked, which makes it crucial to care for your emotional and mental wellbeing as well as your physical health. By tuning in to your internal warning signs, and resolving the issues that create stress and anxiety in your life, you can become a happier, healthier you, free from chronic or recurring pain.
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