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Simple tips to relieve stress-related neck and back pain

Our Colchester Osteopaths share easy tips to help relieve stress related neck and back pain

Stress can be a real pain in the neck and back.


We know that stress can cause an endless array of problems, but an often overlooked side effect of stress is neck and back pain. Over time, repetitive bouts of stress can cause musculoskeletal issues in these regions of the body. And it appears we know this, as research suggests 29% of people perceive stress as the cause of their neck and back pain.


So maybe its time to stop ignoring it and try something to help your stress related back pain:



Although no one can live 100% pain or stress free all the time, it’s important to establish the root cause of the pain or stress to help improve quality of life as much as possible. An Osteopath or GP will be able to help with this.


No surprise here, but being active can release endorphins and improve overall health, which can help reduce stress. Incorporate exercise into your day in some way, whether it be walking to work, walking at lunchtime, taking the stairs or going for a walk when you’re in from work.


Take time during the day to do some light stretches, especially if you are sat at your desk for long periods of time. Tension due to sitting in the same position for prolonged periods, can lead to neck or back pain. An Osteopath can help you determine stretches that will help address back or neck aches.


You are what you eat. Your general health will improve and you will feel more energetic if you eat well. And we do not mean dieting. Maintaining a healthy weight relieves pressure from your spine and will help improve your posture.

Make time to relax

Our lives are busy so it’s easy to get lost in work, family, or social commitments. It’s important to factor in time to do what helps you relax, whether this be reading, walking, seeing friends or meditating.

Drinking or smoking

You may think that smoking or drinking help release some of your stress, however the long-term physical and mental consequences of these choices do not outweigh the temporary benefits of distraction from the pain. Try and focus on alternative ways to help such as exercise, reading, and meditation or seek expert advice from a GP.

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