We are not just physical beings. We are comprised of physical, emotional and mental systems in our body.
For example, let’s take shoveling snow as an example.
Physically, when we are shovelling snow, we need to be aware of tension being created by:
Most of us are aware of physical examples of creating tension, how about emotional and mental?
What if, while you were shoveling, you were thinking “I hate my job, I hate my job, I hate my job” with each throw of the snow...and then your back went out. You could be feeling the emotions of anger, frustration, annoyance if you aren’t happy at work.
What if your thoughts were “why am I the only one out here shovelling” “how come no one is around to help me” “why is everyone else inside while I’m freezing my butt off”? These thoughts would lead you to be angry, feeling alone, feeling unappreciated and creating tension in your body.
It is well documented in research that emotional and mental stress can cause low back pain. The research says that in men, most often emotional causes of low back pain are finances or work related. In women, it tends to be relationship stress.
If the physical, emotional and mental tension patterns are not recognized and addressed, they would be further stored in the body. Over time, this tension would build and build until it caused you pain.
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