Stress Management Definition

Stress management is a multi-disciplinary approach to treating stress related back pain. The comprehensive treatment includes evaluation of physical, emotional, cognitive, and environmental factors in all types of back pain problems and develops treatments for each aspect. Treatment is based on the degree that each factor influences pain and ranges from physical therapy and NSAIDs for physical factors, as well as psychotherapy and anti-depressants for emotional, cognitive, and environmental factors. Stress management is based on the theory that psychological and emotional distress may not only exacerbate back problems, but also directly cause physical symptoms of back pain.