The title of this article is a bit of a misnomer because it’s really about the importance of getting psychological help as soon as back pain starts to become chronic. It’s not to say that there’s a mental health issue; it’s more a proactive measure to prevent against depression or negative thoughts that can exacerbate the physical condition.
The brain has, in fact, been shown to be an integral part in perceiving and modulating bodily pain. Entrenched impulses such as stopping all activity after feeling discomfort can actually be counterproductive since movement is generally considered one of the best ways to heal. And, in fact, starting psychological intervention early, before the brain develops bad habits like becoming dependent on medication, can not only save money in the long run, but it can also speed up the recovery process.
Read the full article here: New strategies to manage back pain