An occasional headache, stomach ache or muscle spasm may occur in reaction to a stressful situation, but the symptom usually resolves quickly, sometimes just from the doctor’s reassurance that there is nothing seriously wrong.However, when pain persists, more often the patient’s emotions are a reaction to the physical pain, rather than the reverse.
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In some cases, just thinking about and describing the pain increase muscle tension.
Restorative sleep and the body’s PH, blood flow, hormones and brain chemicals are negatively affected, compromising the body’s ability to regulate homeostasis and pain.
When the pain doesn’t relent, the patient enters a stage of constant anxiety.
This hyper-vigilance contracts not only the mind, but also the body, which increases the pain.
Eventually, the patient’s mind, body and entire life contract, making relaxation and healing nearly impossible.
This is why early intervention to reduce the patient’s pain and anxiety is vital in order to interrupt the cycle and to avoid long-term chronicity and debilitation.
Without relief, muscles lose tone and posture is altered in the patient’s attempt to avoid pain, contributing to muscle spasm, weakness, imbalance and shortening.