Your Answer MATTERS If You Have Back Pain!!!
Do you feel stuck in a job you hate? These feelings of dread and lack of job satisfaction could be making your back pain worse … or even causing it in the first place.
Researchers from the University of Western Australia found that among people who visited a doctor for back pain, one-third of them developed serious daily back pain after six months. And wouldn’t you know it, those people were also more likely to hate their jobs.[i]
The vast majority of these workers had no physical reason for their backs to be hurting; instead, it seems their negative emotions were manifesting as physical pain.
Adding to the problem, some workers’ back pain became so severe that they took extended sick leave, often avoiding movement during this time, which only made the pain worse, and recovery even less attainable.
Professor Markus Melloh, an orthopeadic surgeon and rheumatologist with the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR) and The University of Western Australia, said in a press release:[ii]
“Once people stay at home on sick leave, it gets harder to go back to work and the pain gets worse. It’s a vicious circle that needs to be broken. The research shows that if patients feel helpless and are convinced that any movement will land them in a wheelchair, they are making their condition worse.”
This is Actually GOOD News…
It may sound daunting that an unhappy work life could be making your back pain worse, but this is actually good news because it means you have some control over your back pain. Attitude is often everything, and if you can consciously learn to be positive, it can have a very big impact on your pain. Professor Melloh continued:[iii]
“Attitude in the workplace and positive thinking have a huge impact on lower back pain. If an employee has the option to participate in change in their workplace or have some say in their job design, they can regain a positive attitude and the condition may correct itself … Having somebody to listen and show emotional support at work is a strong protective factor.”
Nearly 75 Percent of Workers Lack This…
A recent Gallup poll found that 71 percent of American workers are “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” in their work, which means they’ve “checked out” emotionally and are obviously dissatisfied with their work lives.[iv]
Not surprisingly, a separate survey found that 30 percent of small business owners experienced back pain due to stress at work[v]— and if this survey were expanded to include all workers, it’s likely the number would soar even higher.
If you’re feeling stressed at work, or you ever suffer from back pain, you’ll want to keep Heal N Soothe on hand. This powerful combination of systemic enzymes, vitamins and herbs both reduces inflammation and promotes healing, making it one of the safest and most effective ways to stop back pain, fast.
In the meantime, the answer to stress-induced back pain is two-fold: first, if you’re unhappy with your job and you can seek a different opportunity, carpe diem! This may mean you’ll have to go out and create said opportunity … but there may be many doors just waiting to be opened, if you’re willing to look for them.
Second, if you have exhausted every other outlet and feel you must stick with the status quo and stay in a job you hate, try to make the most of it. Is there a way you can change your hours to be more suitable? Work in a different office or environment? Switch managers or teams?
At the very least, focus on the elements of your job that are positive (the people? the pay?) … and then make the most of your off-work hours each and every day.
[i] Study presented at the Spine Society of Australia meeting, Sydney, Australia, April 27, 2012