6 ways back pain can affect your life: Part 1

The spine is a central part of our body that connects our brain to other systems. For that reason, back pain often disrupts more than one part of your life. In part one of this series, we will discuss three of the ways this can happen and some tips to help you improve these issues:

1. Creating negative emotions
Just as stress can be a cause of back pain, the reverse is also true. Suffering from back pain can be a frustrating experience, leading to all sorts of emotional strife. According to the National Library of Medicine, chronic pain sufferers commonly develop depression, which can worsen discomfort. That's why it's important to reduce stress and work on positive thinking when dealing with back problems.

2. Causing other pains
Since the spine connects so many parts of our body, it's possible that other pain is caused by your back. For instance, back pain is the cause of foot pain in some cases, according to Spine-health.com. The NLM says that weakness or pain in your legs, hips and feet can also be signs of back pain. Knowing that your pains may have the same cause can help you better treat the problem.

3. Preventing sleep
If you're in pain, falling asleep can be nearly impossible. Soft mattresses can actually make your back feel worse, and certain sleep positions exacerbate that discomfort. The Mayo Clinic recommends using a pillow to keep your spine aligned throughout the night. You can place it between or underneath your legs to keep your spine straight. If possible, test out different mattresses to determine what will work best for your back problems.

If you're experiencing these problems due to back pain, schedule an appointment with a professional chiropractor today.