There is both good stress and bad stress. Either way it challenges your body to adapt. Depending on your stress response soft tissue dysfunction can occur which can result in pain. The longer you leave stress unchecked the worse things will get.
Over the years many different conditions have been identified to account for pain. We have distilled them down to their root cause. Therefore the simplified breakdown for pain comes about due to one root cause…STRESS.
Symptoms of Stress
- General body aches
- Emotional unrest
- Muscle tension
- Poor concentration
The mere fact of being alive involves some form of stress. Stress can either be physical, emotional, or a combination of both. Stress is considered to be an event or demand that forces us to adapt. Sometimes the stress is to much for us to handle and our body or mind is brought to a breaking point. These events or demands can occur from external or internal factors and involve both good stress (eustress) and bad stress (distress).
- Work pressure
- Emotional stressors
- Financial crisis
- Lack of exercise
Problems with stress occur when our physical and mental ability to cope is overwhelmed. As a species we are well adapted to short term acute stress but it is the unrelenting low grade chronic stress of our modern world that has become the enemy. Our adaptive coping mechanisms are not designed to deal with stress on a long term basis.
To deal with stress takes energy and when stress occurs over prolonged periods of time we deplete our energy which in turn causes a cascade of health problems — one of which is chronic pain.