When we feel emotionally balanced, our bodies reflect this positive feeling, too.
Positive emotions such as contentment or satisfaction tell our brains to release positive chemicals such as serotonin or dopamine to make our bodies feel good.
Unfortunately, the opposite is also true.
When we find ourselves in a less-than-positive emotional state, this mental anguish can express itself throughout our bodies. For example, our brains release toxic levels of cortisol when we’re exposed to long-term physical, mental, or emotional stress. Our brain chemistry gets burnt-out and our bodies reflect this in physical ways.
The type of pain linked to high levels of cortisol or adrenal fatigue is easy for most people to identify, but emotional stress can express itself physically in many ways. For many people, chronic emotional stress just feels normal. Sometimes we don’t even realize we’re in an unbalanced emotional state until we start examining our physical pain and attempt to determine its source.
Do you have chronic headaches or a kink in your back you just can’t seem to shake? Have you already tried everything medically available but the pain just won’t go away? You could be looking in the wrong places.
Many types of pain are directly linked to our emotions. Once we identify what’s causing the pain, we can start healing from the inside out.
What is Psychosomatic Pain?
Psychosomatic pain is a disorder characterized by chronic and physical symptoms with no apparent medical explanation. The term is derived from the word psyche referring to our mental state and soma which means body. Consider also that the word pain comes from the Latin word poena which means “penalty.” So psychosomatic pain is a specific type of physical pain triggered by our psychological state.