Harvard Health Blog
Mind over back pain
By: Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D., Contributing Editor, Harvard Health Publications To the surprise of doctors and patients alike, accumulating research suggests that most chronic back pain isnít actually the result of illness or injury. Study after study indicates instead that back pain is very often caused by our thoughts, feelings, and resulting behaviors. And an exciting new study now demonstrates that treatments aimed at our beliefs and attitudes can really help.