So how does mindbody stress or tension myositis syndrome (MBS/TMS) start? The experts say that both stress and emotional reactions create MBS pain. These stressors are typically set during childhood. Although these pain reactions connect to earlier emotions, they often don’t erupt or manifest until later in life, and in response to new or current stressors.
This process occurs because we bottle up or inhibit our emotions and bodily reactions. After doing this for years, we have limited or no awareness of what we are doing. It’s exactly what the title of this blog–The Body Says What The Mind Cannot–suggests.
Emotions need an outlet. When repressed, the body finds a voice for them. If we deny our grief or sadness, we might get a cold or undergo other autoimmune distress.
If we are forbidden to express anger or are strapped with too much responsibility, we might suffer a severe backache or headache.
We can see that if our pain, such as back pain, is caused by mindbody tension, surgery will not correct the problem. It might help for a while because we expect that it will help, but pain will return either in that area or another when bombarded with other emotional triggers.
These emotional pain reactions are etched into the neural pathways of the brain and become “learned pathways.” When a stressor occurs that reminds us of an emotional experience from the past, the pain message shoots to the brain without our awareness.
Dr. Schubiner coins this process “emotional speed dial”. Instead of dealing with our emotions, we suffer bodily or psychological pain over and over again. In short, the brain actually develops pathways that create and activate pain in response to an emotional trigger.
The good news is what is learned can be unlearned.
The MBS/TMS Program teaches how to bring these thoughts and emotions into awareness so they can be dealt with in an appropriate manner. We can’t deal with the boogy man if he’s hiding under the bed, but once we face something directly, it can be released for good.
By confronting our emotional stressors, we can actually change the learned, neural pathways of the brain and retrain or reprogram it with new thoughts and emotions.
The greater awareness we have about MBS, the more expert we become in identifying and resolving the underlying emotional conflicts and the resulting physical or psychological symptoms.
Dr. Schubiner’s book, Unlearn Your Pain, details this processes from a psychological and neurological perspective. You can sign up to receive it via his website at http://unlearnyourpain.com
For starters, whenever the pain strikes, ask, “What’s going on with me emotionally?”