When you think of pain what is the first thing that comes to mind? It usually has nothing to do with emotions, but a new study has found that physical pain does correlate with emotional pain!
We have all have those moments where it feels like life is a roller coaster, and your emotions go crazy. Can you ever imagine that these emotions can affect your body’s physical stance as well? It might sound crazy, but it is true…
Studies have shown that chronic pain might not only be caused by physical injury but also by stress and emotional issues. In particular, people who have experienced trauma and suffer from PTSD are often at a higher risk to develop chronic pain.
Chronic Pain is defined as a pain that lasts longer than six months. Chronic pain can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating. Chronic pain can debilitate one’s ability to move with ease, may hinder their normal functioning, and the search for relief can lead to pain medication addictions, which compound the problem. Chronic pain is also often accompanied by feelings of hopelessness, depression and anxiety.
Many people who are already familiar with the fact that emotional stress can lead to stomach aches, irritable bowel syndrome, and headaches; but might not know that it can also cause other physical complaints and even chronic pain. One logical reason found for this is the more anxious and stressed out people are, the more tense and constricted their muscles are, over time causing the muscles to become fatigued and inefficient.
One could even develop psychosomatic symptoms or stress-related symptoms because of unresolved emotional issues.
Experts have noticed that experiencing a traumatic event can have an impact on the development of pain. In fact, approximately 15-30% of patients with chronic pain also have PTSD. During a traumatic event, the nervous system goes into survival mode and sometimes has difficulty reverting back to a normal, relaxed mode. If the nervous system stays in survival mode, stress hormones such as cortisol are constantly released, causing an increase in blood pressure and blood sugar, which can in turn reduce the immune system’s ability to heal. Physical symptoms start to manifest when the body is in constant distress.
“Research has shown that, under ordinary conditions, many traumatized people, including rape victims, battered women and abused children, have a fairly good psychosocial adjustment. However, they do not respond to stress the way other people do. Under pressure, they may feel (or act) as if they were traumatized all over again.”
Pain in your head
Pain in the head, like headaches and migraines, can be triggered by the stresses of day to day life. Be sure to take time out of every day to relax. Do something that eases the tension.
Pain in your neck
Pain in your neck is an indication that you may be having trouble with forgiveness of others, or even yourself. If you are suffering with neck pain, consider the things you love about yourself and others. Consciously work towards forgiveness.
Pain in your shoulders
Pain in your shoulders may indicate that you are carrying a real emotional burden. That is where the saying “shouldering a problem” comes from. Focus in on some proactive problem solving and distributing some of that burden to other people in your life.
Pain in your upper back
How have you been feeling emotionally? Do you feel like you are not getting enough support from your loved ones? Pain in your upper back could mean that you are coping with a lack of emotional support. You might be feeling unloved by those you hold dear or you could even be holding your own love back.
Pain in the lower back
Stop worrying so much about money and learn to worry more about life! Lower back pain could mean you are worrying too much about money. Don’t be afraid to reach out to others for support; consider going to a financial planner or cutting back.
Pain in your elbows
Pain in your elbows has a lot to do with resisting changes in your life. If your arms are feeling still, it may mean that you are too stiff in your life.
Pain in your hands
What do you do with your hands? You reach out to others and connect. If you are feeling hand pain, it may mean that you are not reaching out enough. Try making new friends, have lunch with an associate; just get out and make a connection
Pain in your hips
If you have ever been afraid of moving, that may manifest in the form of hip pain. Sore hips could be a sign that you are too resistant to changes and moves.
Pain in the knees
Knee pain can be a lot of different things, but it can be a sign of a big ego first and foremost. Sore hips could be a sign that you are a little bit too cocky. Humble yourself, have you ever considered volunteer work?
Pain in the feet
When you are depressed, you might notice that your feet become sore. Too much negativity can manifest in your feet not feeling so good. Find a new pet or a new hobby, look for joy in more places.
Now, despite the obvious, what can you do to help it? Emotional Freedom Technique!
There are many things that a person thinks of when they think of natural or homeopathic remedies, but one of the best is often overlooked; known as the emotional freedom technique, EFT for short.
The Emotional Freedom Technique is a universal healing tool that can provide impressive results for physical, emotional, and performance issues. The basic idea is, no matter what in your life needs improvement, there are unresolved emotional issues in the way. This is even the case for physical issues, chronic pain, or diagnosed conditions. Emotional stress can impede the natural healing potential of the human body. EFT works by releasing blockages within the energy system which are the source of emotional intensity and discomfort.
EFT is a form of acupressure, it bases itself on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for well over five thousand years, but without the use of needles. In the place of needles is a simple tapping with the fingertips, used to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the head and chest while you think about a specific problem; whether it be a traumatic event, addiction, pain, etc. while voicing positive affirmations.
The basic tapping process is easy to learn, can be done anytime/anywhere, and can be used to provide impressive DIY results. It is very portable and learnable by almost anyone, in some studies, even children have produced beginner’s benefits with it.
The basic sequence is straightforward and generally takes patients only a few moments to learn. It is all in the fingertips; there are a number of acupuncture meridians on your fingertips. Traditional EFT will have you tapping with your index and middle finger and with only one hand. Most of the tapping points exist on either side of the body so it does not matter if you switch sides during the tapping. It is also important to remember to remove your watch and bracelets, they will interfere with your use of wrist meridian tapping.
Tap with solid motions, but never hurt yourself!
Why Choose This Form Of Therapy?
- It is a very positive and proactive experience.
- It often works where nothing else seems to.
- It usually holds rapid, long lasting relief from symptoms.
- Easily self-applied.
- No harmful drugs or equipment needed.
- Top of the head, down the center of the skull.
- Eyebrow, just above and to the side of the nose.
- The side of the eye, on the bone bordering the outside corner of the eye.
- Under the Eye, on the bone under the eye an inch below the pupil
- Under the nose, in the small area between the bottom of the nose and the top of the upper lip.
- Chin, midway between the point of the chin and the bottom of the lower lip.
- Collar Bone
- Under the Arm, 4 inches below the armpit
- Wrists, on the inside of the wrists.