New studies have found that the source of your chronic pain may very well be caused by stress and emotional trauma and not a physical injury.
Chronic pain is characterized by physical pain that lasts longer than the natural healing process would normally take. People who have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder are at highest risk.
You’re probably aware that stress can lead to physiological issues like headaches, stomach aches, and an irritable bowel.
What you may not realize is that it can cause other physical issues and chronic pain. One reason for this is because the more stressed out a person is, the more tense they tend to be.
Researchers for decades have studied the mind-body link between emotions and overall health. They found that somewhere between 15 and 30 percent of patience diagnosed with chronic disease also suffer from PTSD.
Trauma happens “when our ability to respond to a perceived threat is in some way overwhelming,” writes Peter Levine, a trauma expert.