Back Pain Relief Therapy
Our hands-on approach with John F. Barnes’ myofascial release therapy, applies non-forceful, gentle sustained pressure. Restricted areas are released allowing your body to let go when it’s ready, giving you true healing and long lasting results. Many people with back pain also have sciatica which we have great success treating.
Depression is Common for Those with Chronic Back Pain
Depression is more commonly seen in patients with chronic back pain problems than in patients with pain that is of an acute, short-term nature. How does depression develop in these cases? This can be understood by looking at the host of symptoms often experienced by the person with chronic back pain or other spine-related pain.
- The back pain often makes it difficult to sleep, leading to fatigue and irritability during the day.
- Then, during the day, because patients with back pain have difficulty with most movement they often move slowly and carefully, spending most of their time at home away from others. This leads to social isolation and a lack of enjoyable activities.
- Due to the inability to work, there may also be financial difficulties that begin to impact the entire family.
- Beyond the back pain itself, there may be gastrointestinal distress caused by anti-inflammatory medication and a general feeling of mental dullness from the pain medications.
- Back pain is distracting, leading to memory and concentration difficulties.
- Sexual activity is often the last thing on the person with back pain’s mind and this causes more stress in the patient’s relationships.
Understandably, these symptoms accompanying chronic back pain or neck pain may lead to feelings of despair, hopelessness and other symptoms of a major depression or clinical depression.
A recent study by Strunin and Boden (2004) investigated the family consequences of chronic back pain. Patients reported a wide range of limitations on family and social roles including: physical limitation that hampered patients’ ability to do household chores, take care of the children, and engage in leisure activities with their spouses. Spouses and children often took over family responsibilities once carried out by the individual with back pain. These changes in the family often led to depression and anger among the back pain patients and to stress and strain in family relationships.