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Avoid Stress Induced Neck & Back Pain!

It’s no secret that stress and pain are closely linked. If you’re prone to stress and anxiety, it’s highly likely that you've been suffering with regular back and neck pain for years as a result. Back and neck pain are actually one of the main reasons that people end up getting help for their anxiety – without it, it can lead to a cycle of future pain, unrelated to anxiety.

Those suffering from anxiety and stress need to be in the best psychological state in order to benefit from other treatments and therapies. Breaking the cycle of back pain depends in large part on the person’s ability to fight back pain itself.

  • Stretch – Keep your muscles stretched and nimble to prevent further pain
  • Watch Your Posture – Pay attention to any obviously bad posture – sit up straight, walk looking up
  • Exercise & Get Moving – Being active can first and foremost reduce stress levels. Do activities to keep your back strong.
  • Relaxation Techniques – Deep breathing, yoga, guided imagery, and meditation can greatly decrease stress levels
  • Massage – A great tool for both pain and stress – a great way to work out the pains in muscles


Stress and anxiety can affect your life in more than one way. Learning ways to cope with anxiety will enable you to manage your back and neck pain and lessen the chances of it occurring again. 

Why does stress & anxiety lead to back and neck pain?

The cause of pain related to anxiety is believed to be a secondary effect, meaning that anxiety isn't directly causing the pain, but rather causing behaviors that lead to back and neck pain. 

The brain tries to maintain balance when it receives pain signals by minimizing these signals, but chronic stress can offset this balance. Many of the issues that anxiety causes that lead to back and neck pain include:

  • Changes in Posture – the way you sit, what you do when you sit, whether you slouch, etc.
  • Inactivity – anxiety changes people’s activity levels, and inactivity can lead to anxiety
  • Hypersensitivity – Those with anxiety often experience physical sensations more intensely
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About First State Spine

Located in Newark, Delaware, we at First State Spine are leaders in diagnosing and managing adult spinal disorders. The foundation of our treatment plan is an accurate diagnosis, and an individualized, conservative treatment plan using a multidisciplinary approach. Surgery is always a last resort. Our experienced physicians have completed advanced training to insure our patients receive the best care available. We strive for excellence and to exceed the expectations of our patients.

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Here at First State Spine, we are committed to making your first office visit as easy and efficient as possible. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rudin or one of our other physicians, please call (302) 731-2888 ext. 1178.

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