Body pain and trauma- is there a connection?


I for one, have had a very hard time getting ‘out of pain’. It seemed like something I would have to ‘endure’ for the longest of time. Fibromyalgia, Lyme Disease, Chronic Fatigue and Adrenal Fatigue were my reality for decades. We are mostly conditioned to avoid pain, cover it up, and have a fearful perception of it. But this often creates patterns of suppressing and holding pain deeper into our body, which … actually causes more pain.


CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) is an example of a condition whereby the experience of pain is so excruciating, that life can generally ceases to function with any degree of normality.  Can these diagnoses be totally responsible for this body pain? Well, the answer is no and it requires a deeper look at what causes this pain in the first place. Our brain and emotions, specifically trauma.


100% of the time, pain is felt in the brain, and it is a form of protection. Oddly, it is our brain’s way of ‘keeping us safe’. For people who have had extreme debilitating pain for years and years, this is good news.




Quite simply, we can do something about it.



Often looking at when the pain started is a good clue. What happened in your life around this time or just prior? What traumatic events have not been dealt with in your life? Dealing with the events with processes such as TRTP can be pivotal to healing pain, as well as specific fascia massage techniques that release the trauma.


Pain expert Benjamin Harden says “Pain is the body’s way of signaling that there is some level of care required in the body. In the same way a baby cries for attention, our body produces pain in hope to get what it needs. It’s like an alarm signal going off to let us know that change and attention is needed.”


So, what is the relationship between pain and trauma?


Trauma gets stored in our body because of an un-coded traumatic event, resulting in a physiological response that compresses the fascia into a protective state, which stores the negative energy and pain in the body. Trauma can be created in the body when the level of pain from an experience is too much to handle, therefore our autonomic nervous system holds it in place, in order to protect us and help us survive.



Harden goes on to say, “Understanding fascia and its role in our body is also fundamental in understanding pain and trauma. Fascia can compress over 900 kgs/ per square inch of pressure in certain areas of our body. So, when you factor that there are around about 250,000,000 nerve endings in the fascia and 10 times more pain receptors in fascia compared to muscle tissue, you can see why some people struggle to get out of pain”.


Fascia is a connective tissue shaped like a net, that surrounds all of our muscles, organs, bones and entire body helping to hold it together and to move. Because of its giant web-like structure, sometimes pin-pointing the pain sites can be challenging for clients, and the bio-mechanical approach often falls short of any long-term relief.


Fascia is everywhere in the body and responds to everything, so when having a traumatic response to something, creating a fight/flight/freeze/fawn response, the fascia also responds to that traumatic response, compressing and constricting certain areas in and around the body to protect us. This can create dysfunction in muscles, joints, ligaments, nerve tissue, blood vessels, organs and lymphatic systems, often resulting in a negative physiological pain-loop if not treated.


Pain and Emotions


Have you ever noticed that when you don’t feel great mentally and emotionally, the physical pain worsens? Some people notice that pain can flare when they haven’t done anything different with their bodies at all. This is often because these negative emotional energies stay stored in our body, specifically, our fascia.


The world’s leading body of pain, The International Association of the study of Pain, updated their definition of pain to: Pain is an experience, that is always influenced by biological, psychological and social factors.


Pain is an experience


Let me reiterate that. Pain is a felt experience. So therefore, we can conclude that pain is a mind, body, emotional and trauma-influenced issue, deserving a mind, body, emotional and trauma-influenced approach. Releasing pain and trauma from the body is a matter of recoding the distressing events, taking the emotional charge out of the body, (processes like TRTP) and decompressing & mobilising the fascia with techniques such as MFT Release.


Harden also states “We are more emotional beings than physical. Over 90% of our pain has an emotional/mental stress origin or component that is keeping us in pain. Managing our emotions and traumas effectively along with correcting collapses and compressions in the body through things like deep tissue massage, maintaining proper posture & alignment and fascia mobilisation therapies are keys to restoring health and eradicating pain.  Listen to your body, develop a loving and caring relationship with it and remember, pain is our friend and teacher, not our enemy!”


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Rachael is a dedicated Neurolinguistic Programmer, Hypnotherapist and Trauma Specialist (TRTP) living in Thornlands, Brisbane. She has a passion for teaching her clients how to re-code the synaptic pathways in the brain by encompassing the Mind & Body Connection, empowering your belief system and ridding debilitating conditions such as Anxiety, Depression, PTSD and C-PTSD once and for all with an incredibly successful & powerful 3-4 session process. Rachael is proficient in the language of the unconscious mind.

Rachael is also diligent in Soul Evolution and Self-Realisation and is living her purpose of leading others to freedom from the constraints of their mind and past. This comes, primarily, from successfully transcending her own 3 decades of C-PTSD & traumas as well as showing great determination since 2004 to holistically heal chronic Lyme disease.

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