A considerable percentage of musculoskeletal issues such as: low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, or even headaches are caused by emotional issues. According to Dr. John E. Sarno, MD, author of Healing Back Pain, when emotional issues are overwhelming, our bodies produce physical pain to distract us from emotional pain. Our bodies think we can more easily bear physical pain than emotional pain. Dr. Masoud Shamaeizadeh, DC of Soft Touch Chiropractic in Porter Ranch addresses this topic in the video below.
Even though the cause of the pain stems from emotion, the physical pain is real; meaning real physiological changes are happening in the body such as muscle spasms, stiff joints and pinched nerves. Chiropractic or acupuncture care will alleviate the physical pain. However, if the underlining emotional issues are not dealt with, the pain will keep coming back. The classic example is of a person having pain on the right side and as soon as the pain is treated, it shifts to the left side or when the neck pain is taken care of, shoulder pain appears.
The way a chiropractor knows that the physical pain stems from emotional stress is that he or she will take a thorough past and present physical history. Your chiropractor will look for things such as: work-related stress, family conflict, grief, anxiety and depression. Conditions such as peptic ulcer, digestive issues, hormone imbalance and PMS are all conditions caused directly by emotional stress. These telling signs will alert a chiropractor of the level of emotional stress a patient is under.
One complication stemming from emotional issues is the overuse and possible addiction to pain killers and medication. Patients dealing with emotional stress are prone to self-medicating, which leads to a band-aid type solution for the pain, but does not address the root of the problem. Dr. Masoud Shamaeizadeh, DC of Soft Touch Chiropractic in Porter Ranch, recommends that a patient dealing with emotional stress learn about and practice mindful meditation, see a Neuro-linguistics Programming expert or a Hypnotherapist to help heal the emotional issues. This treatment along with chiropractic and/or acupuncture care will bring balance to the body and the mind.