emotional pain

  • Our body stores emotions in different ways.
  • Even though emotional pain isn’t always seen as serious as physical pain, it should be taken seriously.
  • Sadness after loss is normal, but persistent feelings may indicate treatable depression affecting overall well-being. If emotional pain were visible, heartbreak and suffering wouldn’t be overlooked, prompting behavioral changes.
  • Unexpressed anger or anxiety is a common human experience. Shame and guilt often feel like “butterflies” or a weight in the stomach.
  • Masaru Emoto, a Japanese author, believed our thoughts and emotions affect water’s molecular structure.


Did you know that there are three primary areas of the body that typically holds tension?

  • Our bodies tend to hold tension in specific areas when we’re stressed or worried.
  • These areas are the pelvic floor, diaphragm, and jaw.
  • When we have negative experiences, we might feel tight or down, while positive experiences usually make us feel relaxed and energized.


There are two primary ways the body can stop the flow of emotional energy.

  1. Tensed and contracted muscles:

When we feel certain emotions, our muscles can get tense to shield us from those feelings. This tension, especially in areas like the neck, shoulders, jaw, back, and pelvis, might persist for a long time and cause chronic pain by affecting circulation, nerves, and surrounding tissues.

  1. Restricted breathing:

When we breathe shallowly or hold our breath, it hinders the natural flow of emotional energy. If you struggle to take deep breaths, this could be the reason.


How Emotions Can Contribute to Chronic Pain

Issues occur when we hold back our emotions. This often stems from our brain learning, often due to negative or traumatic experiences, that certain emotions are harmful. In response, our brain and body unconsciously suppress those emotions by blocking their natural flow.

Osteopathy recognizes the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and emotions. Emotional stress can manifest physically, impacting posture and musculoskeletal health. Osteopathic practitioners may address both physical and emotional aspects to promote overall well-being.

Nutrition plays a role too; a balanced diet supports mental health. Nutrient deficiencies can affect mood and exacerbate emotional challenges. Incorporating a nutritionally rich diet may complement emotional well-being and support the body’s resilience. Addressing emotional health alongside osteopathic care and proper nutrition contributes to a holistic approach for overall wellness.

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