Some weeks, I struggle to get contributors. And some, I get four people to contribute. Clearly, back pain — and its connection to stress — is an important topic. I think that some people forget how much stress can affect our bodies. Not only does it wear us down and emotionally drain us, but it also causes tension in the shoulders and back, and often leads to hunching and other postural changes, all of which can lead to back pain.

After reading through everything our experts had to say, I’m more committed than ever to my current goal of working out 6 days a week. Don’t worry, it’s not too crazy — some days that means 30 minutes of yoga, others it’s a dance class, or going to the studio for an intermediate class with my yogi. But it does mean that I’m determined to move more in an attempt to feel better (and, yes, hopefully to lose weight).

Stress and back pain

with advice from Shawn Hickling, PTA,
Laureen Dubeau, CSCS,
Kiss My Back! and PowerPlay

We’ve written in the past about a variety of causes for back pain: poor posture, improper ergonomics at the office, even straining to lift heavy items like a baby improperly. But did you know that stress can also cause back pain?

The experts at Physiquality partner Kiss My Back! point out that any stress — from the home, the office, or the family — decreases oxygen to potential areas of discomfort, like the neck, shoulders and back. If you have a pre-existing condition or a history of chronic pain, this can exacerbate the problem.

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