disorder. In these disorders, physical pain is the direct result of emotional factors. Your body is going through a
physiological change that has been initiated by psychological factors. Most of this activity is occurring through
your autonomic nervous system at the subconscious level.
You are familiar with migraine headaches and stomach ulcers being related to stress/anxiety. Start applying this
same type of thinking to your physical pain and you are on the right track. When emotions (energy) are repressed
they create blockages in our system. This allows our normal free flowing energy to become stuck and stored in
our muscle and nerve tissue. The biochemical process taking place is called oxygen deprivation. In this process
the autonomic nervous system will selectively decrease blood flow to muscle and nerve tissue. Blood flow is
closely regulated by emotional peptides, which signal receptors on blood vessels walls to constrict or dilate, and
this influences the amount and velocity of blood (oxygen) flowing through them from moment to moment. From a
psychological point of view, emotional energy has been repressed and is causing inner tension throughout our
autonomic nervous system.
These repressed feelings are the catalyst for oxygen deprivation. Emotions that are repressed become stuck
energy. Decreased blood flow results in muscle and nerve tissues that are receiving a insufficient supply of
oxygen. The result is physical pain, spasms, numbness and weakness.
In these pain disorders since the physical pain is not attributed to mechanical or physical dysfunctions, but
rather it is caused by the person's feelings, personality, and their subconscious state. Emotions and mental
activity that generate physical pain are fear, anger, guilt, frustration, worry, resentment, people pleasing, being
perfect and highly competitive and overly self-conscious. In these pain disorders the people who are highly likely
to create physical pain through inner tension have personality traits similar to the Type A. Take the Tension
Myositis Syndrome Emotional Survey. TMS Survey
These personality characteristics interact with stressful life situations, which, then initiates the physical pain
cycle. Our mind, as a defense strategy will repress emotional energy into the subconscious so that we will not be
aware of these feelings or experience them. This repression causes inner tension in our nervous system, which
initiates a biochemical change in our muscles, nerves and tendons. These changes create pain, which our mind is
using as a distraction strategy so that we will focus our attention on the body and away from disagreeable
thoughts and emotions.
Belleruth Naparstek, author and psychotherapist states that, "emotions are physical occurrences to the body.
Hope, anger, love, and despair are biochemical events. And psychotherapist are more and more coming to
understand that core psychological struggles appear to have actual locations in the body."
Elmer Green, the famous Mayo Clinic physician who pioneered early work in biofeedback says, "every change in
the physiological state is accompanied by an appropriate change in the mental emotional state, conscious or
unconscious, and conversely, every change in the mental emotional state, conscious or unconscious, is
accompanied by an appropriate change in the physiological state."
Neuroscientist and research professor, Dr. Candace Pert has contributed to much of the ground-breaking
research on this subject. She states, "I believe all emotions are healthy, because emotions are what unite the
mind and the body. Anger, fear, and sadness, the so-called negative emotions, are as healthy as peace, courage,
and joy. To repress these emotions and not let them flow freely is to set up a dis-integrity in the system, causing
it to act at cross-purposes rather than as a unified whole. The stress this creates, which takes the form of
blockages and insufficient flow of peptide signals to maintain function at the cellular level, is what sets up the
weakened conditions that can lead to disease."
The disease that Pert refers to we can easily identify as the pain sensations that we feel in our body in these
disorders. A simple explanation to how inner tension/stress creates physical pain is to remember that all
thoughts and emotions are energy. An emotion or feeling is being denied or avoided and because of this
repression it is now blocked, stored or stuck energy in our body. This blocked energy is raising havoc (tension) in
our body because it wants to be experienced. There is a part of you, energy, trying to be expressed and a part of
you, energy, that is holding this expression down and most of this is happening under our awareness, in our
This intense conflict is now erupting in our body & mind. The tension from this inner conflict will eventually erupt
as a concentrated experience of pain. Blood flow as been chronically constricted depriving our tissue of oxygen.
Our intention is to heal, to get rid of the pain disorder. We do this by keeping the information, our energy and
emotions, flowing freely and communicating within and about our body & mind systems in a balanced, open,
efficient way. When we do this we no longer have energy being stored, blocked and stuck. When our system is
open and free, we have linked our psyche (thought, emotion and spirit) to our physical bodies (molecules, cells
and tissue) in a free flowing exchange and simulation of the information energy.
This requires a daily practice of emotional and present moment awareness. A waking, working mindfulness of
who we are being.
|If You Have Tenderness
In Any Of These Areas
It is a reliable indicator
or diagnosis that your
body holds tension
And it will show up in
many of the places
located in the diagrams
|It Is Important To Note
That You Will Not
Symptoms In All Of
But! The Pain MOVES
To New Locations
|These Are Some Of
The Most Common
Induced Pain To
Locate In Your Body.
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recommendations with respect to your symptoms or medical condition. The reader/visitor should regularly consult a
physician in matters relating to his or her health and particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require
diagnosis or medical attention.
1. Begin to ACCEPT the TMS diagnosis. The Pain in this disorder is caused by psychological factors (inner tension)..
2. Start to "think" psychologically. This means instead of, "how did I injure my body" or "how can I treat my injury" or "which
doctor can fix my injury". You now must use your pain symptom as a signal to yourself and ask, "what am I feeling right
now", or "what is causing me to feel (stress, tension, anxiety) right now".
3. Stop all physical treatments and begin to develop the practice in Step 2. This is a big challenge for many to accept.
Stopping the physical treatments and even the "thinking" of physical treatments and instead focusing on how you are
generating (tension, stress, anxiety) within your self will render the pain strategy in this disorder useless.
4. Deliberately and consciously redirect your focus out of stress/tension/anxiety producing thoughts and into thoughts that
allow you to be mentally, emotionally and physically more open and less restrictive. More allowing and less repressing. More
free and less closed-off. This is the daily mindful Work.
These are the Keys to reversing the pain cycle. Simple? Yes. Challenging? Yes. Is there more to it than this? Not really. This
is a personal pain disorder uniquely tied to your personality and dominant thought processes. Understand and practice this
truth and you will heal. You don't have to do this alone though. The Master Practice, the leading edge audio programs and a
personal consultation can help you tremendously get on the right path and stay there.
|Important Keys To Reversing This Pain Disorder
Tension Myositis Syndrome Pain Diagram
Common TMS Pain Locations
It is common for the pain to move in Tension Myositis Syndrome
Understanding Tension Myositis Syndrome
Understanding Tension Myositis Syndrome
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