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Are Pain and Emotional State Correlated?

Are Pain and Emotional State Correlated?

Author: Shernide Delva

Pain is pain and pain still hurts, despite the revelation and rebirth. Pain is Pain.

The body expresses pain a variety of ways. Pain is a combination of energy, perception, and physical manifestation.  A recent article explores the origin of pain and how it relates to emotional states that function to warn us of danger. Psychogenic pain is the concept that states physical pain is caused, increased, or prolonged by mental, emotional, or behavioral factors. This concept teaches that pain signals emotional weaknesses and the location of our pain is important.

The body is literal when it comes to pain. Pain manifests in your body when you encounter both physical and emotional stress. Pain is a way for the body to show you exactly what the problem is. Therefore, here are 10 areas of the body that can signal emotional strain. Perhaps addressing these areas can help in overcoming pain. Ultimately, any form of physical pain that is unmanageable should always be consulted with by a professional. However, it is important to open your mind to holistic forms of pain management that address emotional imbalances.

  1. Pain in Your Muscles: Inability to move in our lives. Pain in your muscles can relate to the amount of flexibility you have at work, home or with ourselves. When experiencing pain in the muscles, it is a good idea to take a step back and go with the flow. Yoga is an excellent way of gaining mobility and flexibility.
  2. Pain in Your Head: Pain in your head relates to challenges in making decisions. Headaches contribute to poor decision-making. Take time out of every day to relax and do something that eases the tension.
  3. Pain in Your Neck: Believe it or not, pain in the neck can represent a lack of forgiveness. If you are experiencing neck pain, consider what you love about yourself and others. Work toward forgiveness to heal.
  4. Pain in your Gums: Similar to neck pain, gum pain is attributed to lack of decision making skills or not committing to decisions you have made. Be clear on what you want and fight for it.
  5. Pain in Your Shoulders: Pain in the shoulders is a sign of a real emotional burden. That is where the expression “shouldering a problem” comes from. If you are experiencing shoulder pain, be proactive in problem solving and distributing some of your burden to others instead of being overwhelmed.
  6. Pain in Your Stomach: Digestion is related to not feeling for filled. Perhaps you are content but feel that there is something missing. GI stress can cause irregularities in the stomach especially when it relates to grief.
  7. Pain in Your Upper Back: If you’re feeling pain in your upper back, you’re probably coping with a lack of emotional support. You might be feeling unloved or you could even be holding your love back. If you’re single, it might be time to go for a date.
  8. Pain in Lower Back: Lower back pain relates to financial strain or lack of emotional support. You may be worrying too much about money. Consider using a financial planner or budgeting tool to manage your money better.
  9. Pain in your Elbows: Pain in the elbows relates to resisting changes in your life. If you are feeling stiff, it may be because you are too stiff in your own life. Think about making compromises and shaking things up. If that is too hard, try going with the flow for a change.
  10. Pain In Your Hands: Pain in your hand means you need to reach out more. You use your hands to reach out and connect with others. Try making new friends, socializing and connecting with more people.

Overall, while pain may be related to an injury or strain, sometimes unknown manifested pain can relate to emotional strain and imbalances. This science may not be for everyone but it can be a tool for those looking to open up their mind to understand pain in a more holistic way.

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