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Unexplained muscle or joint pain?


All of us at some point wake up with that pain in the shoulder, low back pain or stiff neck

Most of us simply brush it of as "Oh, I must have slept on it wrong" or "I must have done something wrong at the gym" , but what if the pain you are experiencing is something else. What if it's not just physical pain from a poor mechanics or posture? What if it's much deeper than that? (insert X Files music here).


We've all heard the phrase, you become what you think about. Well, the things we think about and talk about on a daily basis tend to manifest itself outwardly in our body, especially when we talk about ourselves. When we say things like "I'm super stressed" or " it sucks getting old" or "I'm always get sick at this time of year" or we look at ourselves in the mirror and tell ourselves "this is not my ideal body" (I.E "I'm fat"), that is exactly what we attract. When we speak these things, we impress in our subconscious mind that these things are real, and our subconscious mind does not have a sense of humor nor does it differentiate between what is real or what is imagined. With these thoughts impressed on our subconscious, our brain looks for situations and circumstances to make that thought a reality. And the cycle goes on. You have manifest the things you don't want.

What does that have to do with muscle or joint pain?

When we have these thoughts of stress or fear we activate our "lizard" brain, more specifically the amygdala, which is responsible for our fight or flight response. When the amygdala is constantly exposed to "stress" whether it is perceived or real, the amygdala becomes conditioned to respond. With this conditioned response, there is a nervous system and muscular response also. Essentially, the physical, emotional, mental or spiritual stress then manifests itself in our bodies. Sounds crazy right? Here's a simple example. If you've ever gotten a massage, you've probably heard your massage therapist say something to the effect of "you hold all your stress in your shoulders". Well, this stress can manifest itself in other joints and muscles too, depending on the type of stress or trauma and the amount of exposure to that stress. This can be seen in veterans of war that come home with varying degrees of PTSD, but can also be seen in a person that feels or felt unloved as a child. It's the chronic exposure to stressful stimuli that creates this conditioned response and comes to fruition in our body and how it functions. The good news is this conditioned response loop can be broken and we can relieve ourselves of this pain, emotional and physical.

How can we relieve the pain?

Almost all of us experience some kind of trauma or stress in our lives that cause physical or emotional issues later on. Unfortunately, many of us do not have the tools nor seek the tools to combat or fix the issue. Luckily there are many tools to use. Techniques like tapping or EFT, The Power Breath, various forms of Yoga, massage, acupuncture, meditation among other are all ways to get to the root of the issue and break the cycle of the conditioned response. I am not psychologist or psychiatrist, but like you, I have pain manifest due to stress perceived or real and have studied and researched various ways to handle this stress without professional help. And let's be honest, if it works, who cares?

At the end of the day, pain is pain, but not all pain is strictly physical. Sometimes it can be emotional and manifest in our muscles and joints. The point is, drugs and surgeries aren't always the way. Yes, there is a time and place for pharmaceuticals, but sometimes, I would even argue most times, our ailments can be sure from within. It just takes self-awareness, open mindedness and time to get to the root and eliminate the issue.

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