Depression is a treatable illness. Yet suicide remains the 9th leading reported cause of death in the United States.
For years studies on the link between back pain and depression have shown that depression and anxiety occur in as many as half of patients with chronic pain.
Now recent findings from several suicide prevention agencies in the United Kingdom have brought to light a disturbing direct link between lower back pain and suicide.
In those findings, 2 in 3 of the suicide victims with available general practitioner records had visited their doctor in the three months preceding their death. And 77% of them were there for treatment of low back pain.
The risk of major depression increases in lockstep with the severity of pain. Therefore, it would appear that decreasing lower back pain gives you a greater chance of overcoming or even preventing severe depression in the first place.
Unfortunately, traditional treatments for lower back pain often fail for the simple reason they fail to address the underlying cause of the condition. In the vast majority of back pain cases not involving traumatic injury, muscle imbalances are the culprit.
The good news is this cause of back pain can be successfully treated without surgery or long term harmful medications. In fact, a quick stretch can usually provide fast relief. Watch the free video on this lower back pain information page for one example you can try right now.
Written By: Updated: September 4,2009