CAUSES OF BACK PAIN LINKED TO DEPRESSION
Although the research published in the Arthritis Care and Research Journal didn’t cover the causes of back pain linked to depression, there may be reasons by depression influences back pain, as follows:
- People with depression are more likely to have lower levels of physical activity combined with poor sleep due to neurotransmitter issues. These may affect mood and pain in the human body.
- Genetics may play a role as the report suggests some people may actually be genetically prone to a combination of back pain and depression
- Other back pain studies have found that up to 48% of all people experiencing back pain also manifested symptoms of depression
It’s clear that there is some correlation between lower back pain and depression, but does correlation equate to causation? The jury is still out.
Further research is needed to explore the relationship between the two conditions. So while this current round of research tells us there may be a correlation, it doesn’t specifically identify why, or if the two variables are inter-connected.
WHY SHOULD WE BE CONCERNED WITH DEPRESSION?
Beyond Blue, an Australian independent non-profit organisation that works to address mental health issues, provides some alarming statistics on depression in Australia, as follows:
- It’s estimated that in Australia 45% of people will experience a mental health condition during their life
- Furthermore, in any given year, approximately 1 million Australian adults will experience depression
- Over 2 million Australians experience anxiety
You can reach out to Beyond Blue here for more information on depression, or contact The Back Clinic today for support.
We need to think more about our own mental health and the mental health of those around us. You see, mental health is more about wellness than it is about illness. It means being able to take satisfaction and pleasure in everyday life.
WHY SHOULD WE BE CONCERNED WITH BACK PAIN
A 2011 analysis into the burden of disease in Australia revealed musculoskeletal problems (including back pain) to be the fourth leading contributor to total burden after cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and mental and substance use disorders.
Research also points to back pain and intervertebral disc disorders as the most significant work-related problems in the National Health Survey 2004-05 and were more frequently reported than other conditions such as asthma, hypertension and osteoarthritis.
In short, back pain can really stop you in your tracks and make life miserable. Back pain can prevent you from enjoying your favourite activities, playing sport and enjoying the little things in life that have the potential to give you so much joy.
So not only do we need to look out for those of us who experience back pain, we need to support those who experience depression. As the research suggests, the two areas may be intricately linked.
TAKE A PROACTIVE STEP
It seems that those people who participate in regular physical activity may shield themselves from both pain and depression by increasing the production of ‘good’ hormones in the body. Good hormones such as tryptophan, melatonin and serotonin, allow you to feel less pain and may help you to receive better sleep.
Now, chiropractic care may help you to participate in regular physical activity by improving your biomechanics, keeping your spine flexible and your posture straight.
Always see your local G.P. or Doctor of Chiropractic before embarking on a new exercise prgram, and remember, even small amounts of regular exercise can lead to big payoffs in general health, your mood, improved sleep patterns and in the repair of injuries.
THE BACK CLINIC – A VISION FOR BETTER HEALTH
“Our Vision is to expand The Back Clinic into multiple centres and promote optimal health to our wider Australian community. For every man, woman and child.
Get your powers on!”
-Dr. Omar Ayouby (Chiropractor)
The Back Clinic
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Are you interested in learning how chiropractic may help you to reduce pain, improve posture and perform better? Let’s work together to improve your health. We have clinics located at Bankstown and Rockdale.