Can Back Pain Make You Feel Unwell?
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When Back Pain Means More Than a Back Problem
Absolutely. The health and proper alignment of your spine dictate not only the proper functionality of your body but plays a big role in your overall health. The spine is directly correlated with your nervous system. When the vertebrae or bones in your back are out of alignment they put pressure on nerves that send signals of pain. These nerves are associated with different parts of your body. Therefore, you may have pain in your arm or leg that is actually a result of a pinched nerve in your back.
Back Pain Can Affect Your Entire Body
Generally speaking, you are not going to feel well, when you are in pain. Pain is a suggestive term and can be felt in different ways. It can be felt as stiff, achy or sharp, but if the pain is brought on by a bone or vertebra not moving properly or in the wrong position this can then produce irritation of the nerve which can relate the pain to any part of your body.
Also, the muscles that are attached to these bones and vertebras can also start to become irritated which will then increase the pain resulting in you not feeling well. If the spine or the back is restricted or not correctly aligned the body is not working as efficiently as it is intended to. This leads to more energy being needed for the body to do what you want it to do, making your body work harder than it needs, and making you feel unwell.
When your body is working in an inefficient manner it can exhaust you resulting not only in physical fatigue but mental also. The stress of back pain can lead to depression and loss of vigor for life. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, and having back pain can jeopardize that.
Headaches are also a common result of back or neck pain, which can cause you to feel unwell. Chiropractic care can be vastly beneficial in the treatment of headaches. For more information regarding headaches please visit our article on how chiropractic care can help you with your headaches.
Indigestion and acid reflux can be directly related to the pain you are feeling in your back. If you are like so many others, you may be suffering from indigestion or acid reflux and not even aware that it may be associated with your back pain. Recent studies have shown that compressed nerves in the spine can cause the build-up of acid or other stomach related problems such as indigestion.
A Chiropractor Can Help
By going to the chiropractor you are not only addressing your back pain but potentially other pain in your body that relates to the spine. A skilled and educated chiropractor will be able to assess your entire body, and not only alleviate your back pain, but also improve your overall health.