Healing Back Pain the Emotional Way

6 August, 2010 at 02:38 2 comments

Guest blog article by Louise Woods – EFT, NLP & Holistic Practitioner…

Back pain is traditionally treated in a number of ways – all of them involving physical manipulation of some kind. Massage, Soft Tissue Therapy, Chiropractic, Osteopathy etc all involve a practitioner physically touching, massaging and applying pressure to your back. There can however, be a different way to address your back problems. It might surprise you that your emotions could be causing your physical pain. Just think about all the commonly used statements we often say, such as:

• He’s a pain in the neck
• I’ve got the weight of the world on my shoulders
• She put my back up
• Get off my back
• Get a backbone
• Bend over backwards

One way to address our negative emotions and stress is by using EFT or Emotional Freedom Techniques. EFT is like a psychological version of acupuncture. We tune in to how we feel and use our fingertips to “tap” on specific comfort points on our body. This releases the negative emotions and stress we have been carrying and calms us down. Once we release our negative emotions our physical body is often healed too.

EFT can be learnt easily and applied to many different issues. It can be used on your own or with the guidance of a practitioner. This is often very helpful when we don’t know what our underlying issue is. The practitioner can help you gain an insight and understanding to your issue that you can’t achieve on your own. This allows you to see the proverbial wood through the trees.

The following representations are ones that are commonly used. Your issue may be completely different to these ones but they may just speak to you! Our back is our support so it could be that you feel life is not supporting you right now or that someone is not there for you. Lower back problems are often associated with money worries. The middle back often represents guilt issues. The upper back can represent a lack of emotional support, feeling unloved or holding back love.

Our shoulders represent our ability to experience joy in life. Our attitude can make life a burden – i.e. we can get weighed down by our problems. Our neck is associated with flexibility so it could be that you are feeling inflexible about a certain situation or person. You might not be able to see all sides of an issue or are being stubborn.

To help you work out what emotion is underlying your pain the following questions are helpful:

• If there were an emotion in your back what would it be?
• If your shoulders could talk, what would they say?
• If your neck found a voice what would it say?

These questions can quickly bring up the emotion or stress we are holding in our body. Try it – you might be surprised by the answer! Our body often holds the answers. We just need to be quiet enough to listen to what it is trying to tell us. So give your body the gift of listening and see what response you get. It could be the pressure of your job weighing on your shoulders. It could be the lack of love that you are holding in your neck or your money worries that are irritating your lower back. Once you know what the underlying emotion or stress is you can use EFT to help you release it. With that your back pain could be a thing of the past. Of course there could be physical causes too e.g. an injury, bad posture, strained muscle etc. In this case it is always worth seeing an experienced practitioner who will work magic on your muscles!

To learn more about EFT and how to benefit from listening to your body, please visit my blog: www.devoneft.com.
Louise Woods
EFT & Holistic Practitioner
07866 013 637

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jays Shortt  |  26 August, 2010 at 12:29

    It’s great to see a health provider combining the emotional and the physical so well to treat patients holistically. If only more professionals offered the holistic alternative. I’m very interested in this area of health. I used to practice massage therapy and found that the overwhelming majority of clients needed some emotional support as well as physical therapy. I now run a social network for complementary therapists and fitness professionals that I’d like to invite you to join should you be interested. It’s called Cocoon Health http://cocoonhealth.co.uk I hope you’ll join 🙂

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    • 2. Henry Tang  |  27 August, 2010 at 00:45

      Many thanks and appreciation for your comments! 🙂 In all the training I’ve done to date, I see and recognize that despite what modality we as a therapist may be practising, we are all affecting the mind body connection to some degree. As someone who works on the physical body we can access and affect the mental and emotional well being of the person. Likewise, those who work more directly on the mind (or soul?) such as the example of our guest article writer here can end up affecting the physical body. The body is a reflection of the mind, and the mind is a reflection of the body! Will check out your site, cheers!

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Henry Tang – Therapeutic & Advanced Clinical Massage Practitioner (Crows Nest, Sydney, Australia)

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