A recent study shows that depression may trigger back pain, rather than an injury being the cause. In fact, people with depression are 60% percent more likely to develop low back pain in their lifetime, according to recent research.


Why does depression lead to back pain?

At Jung Shim, we see two different scenarios that are common for many clients who first visit us with depression (and back pain):

The first scenario is that as a result of depression, there are lower levels of physical activity, difficulties with sleeping, mood swings, higher stress, lower pain thresholds and lower back pain.

The second scenario is the opposite. You could be managing fine at work, sleeping well, exercising regularly, but you are constantly tired and experiencing aches and pains that won’t go away.

A study published in Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 69 percent of persons who met the criteria for depression consulted a doctor for aches and pains.

The common factor in both scenarios is that people with depression generally have lower levels of energy. Interestingly, other common physical symptoms associated with depression which are also associated with low energy levels are migraines, joint pains, digestive problems and chest pains.



The studies suggest depression and back pain should be treated simultaneously.

It is acknowledged that regular massages can help to prevent depression, or at least keep it from worsening into a major depressive episode as they relieve stress.  They temporarily fix the problem but getting to the route of the problem is the key.


Increasing Energy Levels

At Jung Shim, we provide Chunsoo treatments to help relieve tiredness and fatigue whilst detoxifying the body and having a calming effect on the mind.

A treatment works by unblocking the energy channels and boosting the circulation of energy to create a balance in mind, body, and spirit. Back pain and depression are intrinsically linked and the treatments address this.

Chunsoo treatments stimulate energy and blood flow by pressing acupressure points all over the body. At the same time a breathing technique, which has a specific sound and vibration, is used to open the energy channels and transmit energy or Qi into the body.


About Jung Shim

Jung Shim means ‘beautiful mind’. At our Jung Shim Centres our aim is to help people recharge the body and clear the mind to regain our health and wellbeing.

We offer energy treatments, energy classes as well as lifestyle advice all designed to help recharge you human energy.  

For a consultation to discuss depression and associated physical symptoms, contact Jung Shim on 020 7462 8811.