Back pain is a bit of a wild card. Not only do the symptoms vary wildly, from piercing pain to an annoying ache (or anything in between), but the cause is often even more of a mystery. While many of us would like to think that as long as we have good posture, we don’t lift anything too heavy and we sleep in a well-supported position that we’d be safe from back pain, but that may not be the case.
It may actually be everyday habits like a poor diet, lack of exercise, worn-out shoes, a heavy purse or the biggest offender of all—stress. It makes sense after all, since anxiety and stress are processed in the same part of the brain as chronic physical pain.