We have all been conditioned to accept that physical pain means something is wrong with our body. This is because the phenomena of pain disorders appear so much like a physical injury that it is difficult for any of us to accept that the pain could be caused by something other than a body that is in some way broken.

"If my broken down, weak body is not the cause of my pain symptoms, then what is?"

The majority of chronic physical pains are the result of a condition in the muscle and nerve tissues that is induced by inner tension. Although it is generally accepted that emotional stress can increase existing back pain, cause an ulcer or intensify a headache, the concept being presented here is that your thoughts and emotions, including your repressed emotions are causing your physical pain symptoms.

"So you are suggesting my pain is basically all in my head?"

NO! Not at all, the medical community labels this diagnosis as psycho-physiological. It means that emotional factors have initiated and or are maintaining your pain. This is what is happening. Your body's going through a physiological change that has been induced by psychological factors. Most if not all of this activity is occurring at the subconscious level, meaning below your awareness. The real exciting aspect of this disorder, is that just by knowing this pain disorder dynamic is taking place, it begins to go away. Your physcial pain begins to vanish! Before we get more into that, it's important to learn about these disorders.

In these pain disorders the symptoms are not attributed to mechanical or physical dysfunctions. The symptoms are induced by a person's feelings, mental activity, personality and their subconcious state. Emotions and mental activity that generate physical pain are fear, anger, guilt, worry, resentment, judging and jealousy. It has been found that people who are highly likely to create this type of pain as being similar to the Type A personality. Some of these characteristics are:

Having a strong inner drive for success.
Being very conscientious.
Having a high sense of responsibility.
Being a perfectionist.
Having a controlling and compulsive personality.

These traits interact with stressful life situations, which, then initiates the physical pain cycle. Our mind, as a defense strategy, will repress emotional energy deep into the subsconscious so that we will not be aware of these feelings or experience them. It's this repression that causes our inner emotional energy to become stuck, blocked and stored. It is no longer moving and communicating in a balanced way. Our nervous system responds to these blockages by selectively restricting blood flow to muscle and nerve tissue. Less blood flow means less oxygen to the tissue, which causes the pain symptoms we feel.

"Earlier it was mentioned that this is a defense strategy that our mind is using, can you explain that?"

Yes, this is important to understand because it plays a vital role in our ability to heal from these disorders. Laboratory research as shown us that our emotions are unified with our mind and our body in one intelligent system. Biochemical messengers, (peptides and receptors) have been discovered in our major systems. Research shows that they communicate with each other through a complex network of conscious and unconscious actions that are occurring simultaneously through our body and our mind. Because of this we know that our body is not a non-thinking piece of equipment, but that our mind and body are united into one--bodymind. With this information known we can better understand how this defense strategy can take place. Our intelligent bodymind is trying to protect us. It is using the strategy of pain to shield us from feeling unpleasant emotions by having us focus our attention on the pain symptoms and not on our emotions that are impatiently waiting to be experienced. We know that this phenomenon is indeed happening because by our learning that this strategy is being used our intelligent bodymind ceases to use it. Our mind knows that we have uncovered this deceptive plan and the pain strategy is defeated, it is rendered useless and goes away!

"That's it? It is that simple?"

For some it can be. Accepting the new diagnosis and learning as much as you can about these disorders is the key to eliminating the pain symptoms. For others, myself included, it may be necessary to evaluate who you are being emotionally and why.

You then can begin to implement conscious energy routines and new emotional awareness into your everyday life. These new routines and awareness, which are painless, transforms your pain strategy into open, flowing healing energy.

I look forward to writing about these routines in future articles.

Author's Bio: 

Monte Hueftle, a long distance runner, had suffered with physical pain in his body for more than twenty years. Diagnosis included all of the common physical dysfunctions, over-use and mechanical problems. They were all wrong! The prescribed treatments to heal these pains were the normal; rest, ice, anit-inflammatory, massage, chiropractic, special exercises and other physcial modalities. None of these worked! Hueftle, like many of you, is a businessperson, spouse, parent, employee and athlete. He discovered the real cause of his physical pain and how to eliminate it. He now continues to develop, research and teach the dynamics of stress, tension, and emotional induced physical pain disorders. You can reach Monte and learn more about his new book, Get Rid Of The Pain In Your Butt NOW! at: www.runningpain.com or 818-222-7857.