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Negative Emotions: The Effect They Have On Back Pain

Nov 29, 2007
Did you know that your positive or negative emotions can have a profound impact on your physical health? A new study has found that psychological interventions are extremely effective at reducing or eliminating back pain, arthritis, depression, and many other health-related problems.

Conventional treatment-related costs for back pain in the United States ranges from $20 billion to $80 billion dollars a year. In comparison, psychological interventions were found to be far superior to standard treatments not only for back pain but for an entire range of other pain-related health issues. But, it gets even better! Psychological techniques like a relaxing massage, hypnosis, biofeedback, or meditating regularly had the most effect on reducing all types of pain in its intensity.

Advances in neuroimaging have led researchers to the discovery that the brain processes pain in a network of brain areas such as the cingulate cortex, amygdala and thalmus, all of which are heavily involved in your emotional state. This pain network is known as the 'pain matrix'. The 'pain matrix' consists of two parallel systems: the medical pain system, which processes the emotional aspects of pain, and the lateral system, which processes the physical sensations.

This study also suggests that these pain activated areas of the brain also control attention. This may be the result of patients concentrating on how to cope and deal with the pain.

Eating and drinking more healthfully to reduce pain is another trusted avenue for reducing back pain. Giving discs, nerves, and tendons the right balance of nature's whole nutrients and the proper lubricants they need to perform at their optimal best is also a must. The most important lubricant of all is water. Discs need an abundant amount daily to stay well hydrated and float in the vertebral column to avoid a ruptured or slipped disc.

Specifically targeted back muscle strengthening exercises done regularly will address muscle weaknesses and strengthen tendons. Often times, just a few simple and easy back exercises done daily over the course of a few months is enough to put you on the fast track to eliminating or reducing your pain.

Learn to stop, feel, and listen to your emotional state and what it is trying to tell you regarding any physical illness or pain. It plays a huge role in nearly every physical condition you may have.

Your mind has an enormous influence over you and what you perceive to be true. Give it the credit it deserves and dispel any myths about your abundant health being a reality for you.

When you are in pain viewing it negatively, because that is where your attention is being focused, and with a sense of hopelessness causes you to manifest more pain, misery, and grief into all areas of your life. I'm sure that is not what most of you want in your life, now is it?

But, when we begin to focus on something different, like what we would like to feel like and experience, we set in motion the changing of our reality. When we begin to envision a healthier life without feeling depressed, pain, or regaining our ideal body weight, we are then focusing our attention on a different outcome.

In taking the motivated and necessary steps to implement the healthier lifestyle choices mentioned in this article, your body really does not have any other choice but to respond, as that is where you are then focusing your attention.

Feeling great is not a accident when your focus your intention and attention in the right direction. Take a courageous leap of faith and stamp out your fear and end back pain forever!
About the Author
Brenda Skidmore has spent the last four plus years actively researching natural health care alternatives. It is her sincere desire to empower others by sharing this important information. To improve your health today visit
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