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DEPRESSION AND BACK PAIN: WHAT’S THE LINK?..

In the West, most people are what philosophers call “implicit dualists.” They believe that the body and the mind are made of different types of “stuff.” Thoughts, they tell themselves, are different from the chemical messages that carry them – and the rest of the body.

The reality, though, is quite different. Mind and body – whether separate or not – are part of the same system, and impact one another enormously. 

Take back pain for instance – a popular topic in these parts. Most people just assume that it happens because of an injury to the body or an error on the cellular level. But intriguing evidence suggests that a lot of it, if not most of it, is the product of our minds.

Backaches Are A Common Symptom Of Depression

Nobody is suggesting that all back pain is the result of mental activity. However, there is a lot of research that shows that people with severe depression regularly develop body aches, including back pain, because of their condition. What’s more, they also tend to feel the pain more intensely than people who aren’t depressed.

But why would this be? 

Researchers think that the culprit is inflammatory markers. Thoughts themselves can’t change the exterior world. But they can change the chemistry of the brain, causing it to secrete more of some factors and less of others. 


The evidence seems to show that people with depression release more inflammatory chemical messengers into their bodies. And these then interact with their tissues causing inflammation and, therefore, pain. 

When you test the blood of people in chronic pain, you find that inflammatory compound levels are higher than in the rest of the population, suggesting that they play a crucial role.

Treating Depression-Induced Chronic Backpain Requires A Holistic Approach

So what can people do about chronic back pain? Is there any way to get rid of it? 

The best approach at the moment seems to be holistic therapy. This is where the patient themselves begins to understand that their back pain isn’t just in the body, but in the mind as well.

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CBD can help with depression, so that might be a good place to start. But people with symptoms also need to go through counselling.

Counselling is critical because it helps to eliminate the mind as a possible driver of pain. So many individuals go through their lives, believing that they need back surgery when the real answer lies in feeling healthier and happier in themselves. 

Other talk therapies may be beneficial too. For instance, some patients can benefit tremendously from relaxation therapy. Others respond positively to CBT. 

Again, when we say that back pain is in the mind, we’re not saying it isn’t real. The experiences of the mind are the most real anything ever gets!

However, it’s worth exploring whether you have depression first before you opt for significant spinal intervention. Once you treat the depression, the pain may become more manageable. Or it could disappear altogether. 

So, do you think that there’s a link between depression and back pain?

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GIFTED YOKE WELLNESS ACUPRESSURE MAT TO EASE BACK PAIN, FIBROMYALGIA, HEADACHES AND HELP WITH INSOMNIA…

I was sent this EcoYoke Acupressure Mat & Pillow from Yoke Wellness. I wrote about founders Ravi & Sabina earlier in the week A Day in the Life of Ravi after Ravi overcame some traumatic injuries following a cycling accident.

When the mat and pillow arrived it was quite obvious straight away that a lot of love and care had been taken in designing and putting together this set. It was beautifully wrapped and all arrived in its own Tote bag making it very portable.

It was designed on the premise that ‘Self Care us Soul Care’ and is made of 100% bio degradable packaging. It has eco friendly coconut fiber filling and the mat has 7000 ergonomic spikes for activating tension release and to help you unwind and release any body tension.

It’s natural, drug free and a holistic self care package that will not only ease your pain but have you feeling more charged up for the day. They suggest only 10 minutes a day is all it takes which is perfect for me to use when I go for my afternoon rest.

You can stand on it for energising power, sit on it during relaxation ( I am sitting on the pillow right now) or lie on it to feel a full body release. You will then soon feel muscle tension melt away, and is a great product for headaches, stiff neck, back pain, fibromyalgia and insomnia. So, a real all rounder.

It’s an easy way for you to take charge of your own healing journey by practicing the ancient healing of acupressure, in a modern way, in just a few minutes. This month I have covered lots and lots on the different types of acupressure treatments for pain but this has to be the easiest way to do it in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace.

I had my first try at it yesterday afternoon and could feel tingling in places I have never felt before and was soon falling asleep. I could tell straight away that I have many blogged channels and that I will be using the mat on a daily basis.

For people suffering from insomnia this has to be worth a try as it certainly relaxed me in seconds. It comes with a self explanatory leaflet inside which makes you feel you are a very special person to receive this Eco Yoke Acupressure Mat & Pillow. It explains what to expect when you use your mat and how things change in seconds and then minutes into using it. It does exactly what it says on the leaflet and I was quite shocked when it does give a feeling of warmth after 1-3 minutes. It does say that bare skin is best but I was a bit apprehensive about that but I am not saying I won’t try it that way in the future as I can tell this will be well used.

On the Yoke Wellness Blog it said that The Daily Mirror wrote ” Best Acupressure Mats for Soothing Pain Relief” and you can see from over 147 four star reviews about the product that many other people agree with this statement.

Yoke Wellness will also donate 1% of their profits from the product to charity Water UK, to provide fresh clean drinking water to those who do not have it. And if you subscribe to CALM their carefully created newsletter for all things wellness then you get 10% off your first purchase.

The Pure Calm YokeMat – Eco Acupressure Mat & Pillow Bundle is available from Yoke Wellness website for £57.99

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PAIN MEDICATION AND COVID-19 VACCINES…

Last weekend I had my first of two Covid-19 vaccines. I left with a leaflet which explained what could or could not happen over the next few days. My husband had his done in January and only suffered a sore arm so I was expecting the same reaction.

Later that day I started to feel like all my muscles were aching, like I was starting with a dose of flu which was one of the classic symptoms on the list so I took paracetamol as it advised. This did the trick so we just went to bed as normal but I had a restless night with aching muscles and just took another dose of paracetamol when I could.

When I got up the following morning my arm was sore as was the gland under my arm and I just felt really rough and every joint seemed to hurt even down to my big toe. I knew it was all part and parcel of the jab and in Tuesday’s Health Section of The Mail it went into great detail about how the side effects from the injection can be a good thing. It said, “A sore arm, headache, fatigue, nausea, dizzy spells, aching joints and sore muscles. These are the common side-effects reported by some of the 15 million NHS patients to get their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, as well as the 500,000 or so who have had their scheduled second dose. But rather than being something to dread, they could show you the vaccine is actually working.

This made me feel less anxious and especially as it said it was mainly the younger ones who suffered side effects rather than the over 60’s. Some said it only lasted 48 hours but with others it was six days. Mine lasted 4 days.

Another very interesting article I found on the American site Very Well Health where they wrote –

  • The purpose of vaccinations is to prepare your immune system to protect you against a virus.
  • Symptoms such as pain or fever are indicators that your immune system is doing its job.
  • Using over-the-counter medications to reduce the discomfort of a vaccination may dampen your immune system’s reaction.

What they have found out is “If you are fortunate enough to be getting a vaccine against the COVID-19 soon, you may want to ensure it is as effective as possible by not taking over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) before you get the injection, according to researchers at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. NSAIDs include well-known pain relievers and fever reducers such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and naproxen (Aleve). They reduce inflammation—marked by swelling, redness, and warmth—that is controlled by the immune system.

Paracetamol as we all know is not a NSAID but I have many readers who are probably taking some form of NSAID’s for their pain and so I just thought it was worth writing about this article.

The Mail go on to explain fully that once a Covid vaccine has been injected into the body, it immediately starts to put the immune system on red alert for the virus (though it can take two weeks for immunity to kick in).The immune system is a complex network of cells, tissues and organs that work together to help fight off infection from harmful bacteria or viruses. What you must NOT do is suddenly stop taking your regular medication even if it includes NSAIDs until you have talked it through with your GP first.

The speed they are getting these vaccines out is amazing and for me personally it gives me hope I can see my 18 month old granddaughter properly and be a supportive Mum for my daughter and her family when my second granddaughter is born at the end of June. This was one wish I have had since my daughter found out she was pregnant again just before Christmas when everything was going down hill fast. I feel with the way things are going it will all be fine by then. Please, please go for your vaccine if it’s offered to you, they can see already the difference it has made to the elderly generation.