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How can emotional trauma cause physical pain?

Trauma survivors are often easily startled, which may lead to hypervigilance -- constant attention towards potential threats. This may cause heightened levels of anxiety and difficulty relaxing, contributing to tense muscles, ultimately causing chronic pain.

Additionally, those who have undergone traumatic events frequently suffer from stomach issues and headaches due to the emotional stress inflicted by these experiences.

Physical pain can often serve as a manifestation of unresolved emotional work and trauma within the nervous system. In order to effectively treat chronic pain and trauma, the recommended approach involves a combination of psychotherapy and physical therapy. More specifically, psychotherapy that utilizes imagery, interactions with the nervous system, and the integration of cognitive-behavioral techniques is an ideal treatment method.


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