Can Emotional Stress Manifest Into Physical Pain?
Many researches have demonstrated that stress and emotional issues may cause long lasting back pain and damage soft tissue of the lower back. In particular, the adults who have experienced trauma and feel pain from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, are many times at much more risk to develop chronic pain. Some people don’t believe in emotional issues lead to physical pain, they close their mind. and call it quackery. However, it is true that our emotion plays an important part in our chronic pain.
Chronic pain is defined as prolonged physical pain that lasts (> 90 days) for longer than the natural healing process should allow. Chronic pain can debilitate your ability to walk with ease, may hinder your natural functioning, and the search for relief can point to meditation, pain medication, which compound the problem.
Chronic pain is also often accompanied by feelings of hopelessness and anxiety.
Most of us are familiar with the reality that emotional stress can lead to dry skin, stomachaches, bowel constipation, and headaches, but might not know that it can also cause other physical complaints and even chronic pain. Dr. John Sarno describes this condition as Tension myositis Syndrome (TMS) and it has its real name as psychophyisiology Disorder (PPD). Dr. Sarno requires the patient to believe 100 percent of his pain caused by his emotional stress then he can cure his own chronic pain.
The real reason for this: many researches have found that the more anxious and stressed people are, the more tense and constricted their muscles are, over time causing the muscles to become fatigued and inefficient. As you have pain in your back, you exercise less to avoid the pain flares up, you unknowingly create weak muscles in your back, and in turn less protection for your back pain. People exercise more often, have stronger torso and have more protection for their back.
Physicians have noted that experiencing a traumatic accident can have an profound effect on the development of pain. In real life, about 15-30% of people with chronic pain also have PTSD. Trauma happens “when our ability to respond to a perceived threat is in some way overwhelming.” Most therapists confuse on an exact definition of trauma, but do nod that a trauma response might include physiological and psychological symptoms such as numbing, hyperarousal, nightmares, flashes, and isolated behavior.
There is strong correlation between emotional trauma connected to chronic pain, a multi-modal of psychotherapy, medicinal therapy and physical therapy would produce the best outcome during the treatment and management of chronic pain for stress induced physical injury.
Psychotherapy can use imagery, virtual reality, augmented reality addresses the central nervous system, and orchestrated cognitive behavioral therapy is highly suggested. The doctor focuses his effort in pointing out the alignment of the body and the mind.
Patient focuses on his aligned posture, pays more attention to his mental thinking and de-emphasizing his pain. Patient addresses his potential inflammation of pain as a temporary minor inconvenience. Lymphatic massage as well as compression wraps and education help bring this often overlooked pathway to recovery to patients’ attention.”
Start daily walking for short distance initially can help to mobilize the spinal muscles and is the cheapest way to stimulate the lymph system to do its job and rejuvenate injured back muscles.
Most relaxation techniques and meditation methods can relief back pain for short duration.
Though, the patient is not aware of the continuing effect of the severe trauma, or mistakenly believe that the traumatic accident has been put behind him or her, the physical body could be clinging to unresolved issues. Serious professional psychotherapy and medicinal therapy can help to relief the physical chronic pain problems.
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