One of the main type of stress that cause pain and diseases is Emotional or Mental Stress. I call these Toxic Emotions. Toxic emotions are feelings such as anger, hatred, bitterness, helplessness that eventually poison or harm the body.
Today, some would have you believe that if you have a certain bad gene sequence, you are doomed. Really?
Before you start blaming on your genes and frantically rush to chop of your body parts, consider the epigenetics concept that stresses (not just genetic propensity) contribute to gene expression and progression of disease.
In our office, it is not uncommon to see people who suffer from neck and shoulder pain accompanied by panic attacks or overwhelming anxiety. I tell my patients that having some form of emotional stress from work, friends or family is a normal part of life. It how we respond or deal with them that determines how we turn out.
In the book, “Adrenaline and Stress” by Archibald Hart, he believes that stress begins in the mind but ends in the body. There is no such thing as stress only being in the mind.
In other words, there can be consequences in our physical bodies, because of our negative thoughts or emotions. “You will not be punished FOR your anger, you will be punished BY your anger.” (Buddha)
Conversely, we need to realize that there are also positive consequence to positive thoughts and emotions. The Bible, for example, recommends thinking or focusing on”…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence …—dwell on these things.”(Phil 4:8)
A 2012 research by the Carnegie Mellon University discovered that psychological stress impedes the body’s ability to control inflammation. Unregulated inflammation then leads to diseases like heart problems, infection, and even depression.
In our clinic, we recognize that psychological stress can cause bodily pain and diseases. We use specific techniques such as Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET) and Applied Kinesiology to identify and correct emotional stresses. Surprisingly to some patients, they see significant improvements just a few gentle treatments. One patient describe their experience as rolling away of “dark clouds” over their heads along with their neck and back pain!