At the suggestion of one of my online friends/fans, Forkmantis, I just finished reading The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain. This was a very insightful read, founded on the principle that the mind and body are one, and therefore physical manifestations of pain can controlled, and eliminated, by the brain. The theory is simply that we suppress stress and anger and the brain knows this, and inflicts pain on its own body as an outlet.
This, combined with a brief discussion with my physical therapist yesterday, in which she referenced an “intuitive” who traced many recent incidents of lower back pain to financial stress. (Can you say “April 15?”) As it happens, my own onset of back pain hit right around the time when I found out that I was scheduled to appear in court relating to my divorce, where the issue was temporary alimony. Coincidence? I think not.
Anyway, I am working on identifying my internal anger and stress (some of which is blatantly obvious, some I’ll have to dig deeper for) to see if this can help reduce or remove some of these recurring pains I suffer from. Here’s hoping it works!