Our brain and spinal cord together form our central nervous system which is responsible for the things we do. It is our back and mind that helps us do things like-walk and talk-and it also controls the other things in our body that we need to live automatically. So it would be a no-brainer as to how important they are for our existence. But did you ever think about how important one was toward the other or if one had more importance over the other? If I asked you which was more important for our mental health, our brain or our spine you would obviously say our brain right? But did you ever stop to think about how important our spine is to our brain? In this contributed post we are going to discuss just that.



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In the case of mental health, the most important organ is the brain, right? Not necessarily because other factors play a part too. Without a healthy mindset, there is no way to get rid of the demons in your head and the brain is integral to this process. Still, eating superfoods and drinking plenty of water won’t solve the problem. As always, the mind and the body are interlinked, so what hurts one impacts the other. As odd as it sounds, this makes the spine an essential part of positive mental health. A healthy back is a healthy mind, and here are the reasons why.

 

Rids Clouding Pain

There are different types of pain, and the first one to consider is a mind-clouding ache. It can manifest itself in a variety of ways, from a sharp pang to a serious twinge. Either way, as soon as it hits, you know about it and can’t get it out of your mind. The pain clouds every thought because all you can think about is “how am I going to make it better?” As soon as a chiropractor eases the aches and the tension, people can reflect clearly without distractions. Align the spine and the brain will follow suit.

 

Reduces Chronic Pain

Another type of hurt which comes from a bad back is the sort that never goes away. Some days are better than others, yet it still lays there dormant waiting to strike. Anyone who has suffered from soreness like this will tell you it is incredibly frustrating. On a daily basis, you can experience wild mood swings which occur because of the irritation which seemingly won’t go away. Worse, it can escalate into a depression where sufferers lose the ability to think positively because hope seems lost. When a pain that has plagued you for years dissipates, your outlook on life will change.

 

Connects The Brain To The Spine

Yes, the brain and the spine are already connected. Otherwise, you would struggle to read this because, well, you wouldn’t be alive! However, there are misalignments caused by tension in the vertebras, the first, second and third ones being the main culprits. Because the spine is a passageway for the nervous system, any shift can impact the chemical imbalance in the brain. As a result, back pain, in certain circumstances, leads to negative thoughts. Realigning the vertebras connects the two organs in harmony resets the mind back to its initial settings.

 

Depression Causes Back Problems

Although the spine is important, there are numerous reasons for the onset of depression. Sadly, it leads to a vicious circle and the only way to break the chain is to solve the problem. For example, a poor outlook on life can lead to back issues which then encourage more negative thoughts. As the situation escalates, the odds of developing depression get higher and higher. Dealing with the spinal injury will help to calibrate both the body and the head (hopefully!).

Now you understand the link, will you try and take better care of your spine?

 

Conclusion

So what have we learned? Is our mental health all the responsibility of our brain or do other parts of our body play a part? 

Since our spine and brain work together to form the central nervous system, when we are in pain those signals go straight to our brain. This then affects how we function. 

Pain can change our mood, affect our ability to think and function and make it hard to sleep.  I know when I am in pain it is very difficult to get any work done. Taking medicine can sometimes only affect my cognitive function. 

So taking care of our health includes taking care of our spine. 

Research has even shown that people who suffer from chronic pain can become depressed and on top of that those who suffer from severe depression can feel pain more intensely. 

Here are a few ways to help keep your spine as healthy as possible:

1. Make sure your spine gets the best rest it can. Buy a mattress and pillows that support your spine. It is best to replace your mattress after 7 years.

2. Perform exercises that strengthen your ab and core muscles. This will help support your spine by taking pressure off of your low back. 

3. Buy good shoes that help support your back. The heels of your shoes should be snug but not overly tight. I like to use Dr. Scholl’s inserts in my shoes. 

4. Practice correct posture when sitting. Keep your back and your neck straight. Don’t slouch and bend your neck especially when using smartphones. 

5. Try massage, this has many benefits.  It is great to increase blood flow and to help headaches. 

What can you do differently to help your spines health? Do have any tips you use to keep your spine in shape?

I would love to hear your tips below!

10 thoughts on “Back and Mind – 4 Reasons The Spine Is Essential For Your Mental Health”

  1. Great information and perfectly right. If your back is out then you are out and that goes vice-versa with our brain. I’ve experienced both sides of it as I was younger had some head damage in a car crash. It took a long, long while to get back in shape. The back I’ve hurt many times working, and just the same but not hardly as long takes time to heal. Your post is very important.

    1. Hi Fred,
      I agree. I have had a bad back since birth, I have a birth defect, so I can see how your back affects your mind, and I also have cognitive issues, due to my seizures. So I see how each one when they aren’t working effects your health. I also, know when my back is in pain I can not think. So it is important to take care of your back and your mind. I am glad you found the article useful. Thanks for the comment!

  2. The article is great! Most people don’t understand that the way to take care of your brain to take care of your body. I had to start going to the chiropractor because my spin/neck was so messed up and it was affecting how I sleep and activities throughout the day! So glad you posted this because it is so important to have good posture and try to do the little things to take care of your spine to take care of your brain!

    1. Hi Cassandra,
      I have back issues that affect my sleep but there isn’t much that can be done because they are due to birth. So I know all too well how your back can affect your brain. I have to take extra measure to ensure I don’t affect mt back any further and I hope everyone will see how important their spine is and not to take advantage of it. I am glad you found the post useful and please continue to take care of your spine.

  3. Thanks for sharing! You provide great information for many people.
    Sometimes I have a sore back and a little pain. Somewhere I read that problems with the spine can even cause cancer.
    I know that stress can impact our well-being and cause many health problems. It is good that you remind us to take good care of our spine. Thanks for the tips!
    Best wishes, Melissa!

    1. Hi Linda,
      It is important to take care of yourself and that includes every bit of yourself. Our spine is responsible for our mobility and you notice neglect of it makes us feel older and makes it harder to function with everyday tasks. Thanks for your comment!

  4. Wow Melissa, you are a super intelligent person and always share great reads, always and always. I agree with this article as well. Mental health is the basis on which we lead our happy and healthy life. If mind is not healthy then we are definitely not healthy regardless of all luxuries we have thought if a person have very little money but happy mentally, he is the most happy and healthy person. I am sure you will agree with this as well:)

    1. Hi Sarah,
      I agree, the mind is very important to our well being and we must ensure we do everything we can to take care of our mental health and that means taking care of our body too. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  5. This is a great article. Brain and spinal cord are interconnected and this is from where our body works. If we are depressed and in anxiety for a longer time, this could cause back pain as well. No matter how good is your health, if you are mentally unhealthy and depressed then this is more than enough to cause diseases and health problems. I absolutely agree with each and every point you have mentioned in this amazing post, Great work …:)

    1. Hi Sarah,
      I agree with your points as well. Mental health is important to our overall well being and things such as anxiety can cause back pain and vice versa. We need our body to function so if we don’t take care of it we will definitely pay for it.

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