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Back, Neck and Shoulder Pain – An Emotional Perspective

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Back, shoulder and neck pain may not seem like an obvious choice for a visit to a Kinesiologist, who specialises in emotional health, but it may be the best solution for you, particularly if nothing else is working.

The body is very clever – much more so than we give it credit for.   When we are out of alignment we get a nudge.  This is often an unpleasant emotion, or a feeling of stress or worry.  If we take notice of this and adjust ourselves, it will quickly disappear and life will return to normal.  If, however, we ignore these nudges, we often end up with a bigger nudge, which can take the form of physical symptoms.

The key is to de-code these symptoms and relate them back to the original stressor.  This is where kinesiology can help.  Its trademark tool of muscle testing can bring up the underlying emotion and guide the session to identify the back story before clearing the stress around it.  If there is no blocked emotion, the physical symptoms can disappear.

I personally cleared some horrendous back pain I was having about 6 years ago in 3 sessions of emotionally based kinesiology.

Physical symptoms often relate metaphorically.  A lot of the phrases we use in day to day life actually are relevant in understanding our own healing.

All problems with our skeleton or muscles correspond to base chakra imbalances.  For those of you not familiar with our chakra system, we are energetically made up of various energy centres called chakras.  The base chakra sits at the base of the spine.  It relates to our physical presence on this planet.  If this chakra is out of balance, we can feel directionless and de-motivated or stressed and over-tired.  An informative little presentation on chakras can be found here.

Any instance of us becoming out of alignment from our chosen life path is likely to cause our muscles to tense up.  Muscles are designed to tense and relax.  If they don’t relax, there is resistance present, usually to a new experience that may well be beneficial to us.  If our muscles stay tense for too long, this can have an effect on our joints.  Joint problems relate to how easily we make life changes.

Our spines are our main physical support.  They hold up our bodies and our heads.  If we had no strength in our back muscles, we’d be in a sorry state.  So emotionally, back issues also relate to support.

The position along the spine which is in pain can also be linked to the chakra nearest to it.

Lower back pain relates to the sacral chakra.  This represents any area in life which we are creative and includes financial and sexual issues.  How would it be if you could trust that you would attract the money you needed in your life?  How would it be if you could express your sexuality in a healthy way? How would it be if you felt you deserved to create the life you’ve always dreamed of?

Middle back problems relate to the solar plexus chakra, which corresponds to our personal power and guilt issues come up here.  Guilt is never healthy.  We make the best decision we can at each stage of our lives.   Seeing a better solution now does not mean we should have been able to make that decision in the past.  Carrying around guilt will not help either us or any wounded parties involved.  Stepping back into our personal power and realising that we are enough just the way we are is a much more constructive thing to do.

Upper back problems relate to the heart chakra.  This corresponds to how we express love for ourselves and others.   Are your emotional needs really being met if you’re not feeling loved?  Are you surrounding yourself with those who love you?  Are you reaching out for the emotional support you need?  We don’t do very well as a species, when we live in isolation.

A spinal curvature happens when we don’t feel supported in the flow of life.  The resistance of our muscles pulls our spine into a curved shape which causes all sorts of problems.  If we are able to trust in our support, our muscles can release and we can stand tall again.

Our necks relate to the throat chakra, which connects to how we express ourselves.  Do we feel supported in how we express ourselves?  Do we support ourselves to express our personal and highest truths?

Neck problems also relate to flexibility, seeing as necks are one of the most flexible parts of our bodies.  They allow our heads to turn around to see different perspectives of the world.  So, problems in this area can correspond to a refusal or inability to see different sides to a problem and even stubbornness.  Often we feel we have good reason to hold onto how we see things.  Maybe we want to be right, or maybe we feel vindicated in our reaction.  However this may not be the perspective that serves us the best.

Our shoulders are where we carry our burdens.  We talk about shouldering a problem and this is exactly what we’re doing, when our shoulders tense up and cause us pain.  However, our perspective can be changed.  How much of it do we really need to carry?  Are we taking on too much responsibility?  Would it be easier to let go of all that is not ours and be free from the burden?

If our shoulders have become rounded, we’ve become rounded down by our burden.  If the top of our back has also become humped, we’re not getting emotional support in this area either.  This may have become an ingrained habit, but I believe it’s still possible to change.

So, having found out the general area of stress showing up in your physical symptoms, kinesiology can refine that to specific details related to your story.  It then gently rebalances the energy of the emotions, giving you new choices in how you approach the world.

And if the reason for the pain has been cleared, the pain itself can easily disappear.

Ros Kitson is a professional kinesiologist and practises Three in One Kinesiology and Face Reading at The Wellbeing Centre. She also has qualifications in Nutrition, Anatomy and Physiology, and Counselling.

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Claire Bushell - 26 November 2013

An interesting look into the link between specific areas of back, neck & shoulder pain with emotional issues. Makes me wonder about my postural habits and how my thought habits/emotional state could be influencing them (just straightening up now – I’m always rounding my shoulders when tapping away on the computer if I’m not consious of my posture). Good job I have Rosie to check up on me and building up good core strength in yoga and lotte berk classes. However, I’m intrigued by this though and looking forward to booking a session with you sometime soon I hope…

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