What Came First, The Stress or the Pain!?

Niamh Pentony

Niamh Pentony

MSc. Applied Ergonomics

Whether it’s the pressures of work, relationships, or other life challenges, stress and pain are common experiences for many people and can be difficult to manage at the best of times. If you add an acute, cumulative or chronic injury into the mix, it becomes even more difficult. 

But have you ever wondered which one comes first? Does excessive stress lead to physical pain, or does pain trigger stress? 

In this episode, I outline the intricate relationship between stress and pain, explore the science behind their connection and offere strategies to manage both effectively.

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