You’ve heard me say it a thousand times… “It’s all connected”.
But you’ve probably thought that this saying pertains only to the physical body like the hip bone is connected to the thigh bone.
Well, although that is definitely true, I am here to say that it is even deeper than that. Not only is the hip bone connected to the thigh bone, but the insides are connected to the outsides.
Our organs are literally attached to our bones, either directly or indirectly via attachments to other organs.
And our emotions can be manifested in our organs.
Like the example, I give is about vomiting when I got the news of my friend’s sister’s death.
But I’m not the only one who experiences this. There are many people who also have visceral reactions to emotions.
Think of professional athletes or performers that vomit before a big game. Or a big performance.
It’s as if the psycho-emotional reaction is overwhelming and the body has to get rid of it. Vomiting is one way. Diarrhea is another. Sweating is another. Any way that the body can purge, it will.
This helps maintain balance within the system as a whole and within the systems that make up the whole.
But let’s talk about this on a less dramatic scale. Most of us are not professional athletes or performers. (My apologies if you are, and more power to you!).
Just because you don’t have a big game doesn’t mean we don’t experience emotional stress.
A series of mild stressors that build and build over years can eventually create an imbalance within one or several of your systems.
The digestive system is a common target, creating symptoms of constipation, diarrhea, or nausea/vomiting. But this emotional stress can be found anywhere.
It can affect blood flow, blood pressure, joint range of motion, and create pain.
Ongoing, low grade, emotional stress can create pain in the body.
It can also prevent full healing from other injuries or illnesses.
Yes, you read that right.
Ongoing stress affects EVERYTHING in the body and can alter the way we heal. Or don’t heal.
So the next time you “should be better by now”, take a good look at your life and your day to day stressors. It’s possible a change needs to be made.
I would also strongly recommend seeking bodywork from a therapist that does Craniosacral Therapy and/or Visceral Mobilization. Both disciplines have techniques to help rid the physical body of unprocessed emotional stress that could be preventing full healing and full optimal function.
Try talking to your physical therapist or bodyworker about your emotional stress and see what happens!