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How fear affects our

body affects -

the role of visceral therapy in emotional stress

Since the corona pandemic, many people have been confronted with fear, worry and uncertainty. Each of us knows the reaction of the body when e.g. E.g.: in a shocking situation the heart practically stops.Have you ever wondered if emotions affect our cells? Can hearty laughter affect our cells positively, but crying negatively? In this article, the influence of our emotions on our body is examined in more detail and a form of physiotherapeutic treatment to support healing is presented.

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Since the end of February 2020, no other term has been more present in theMedia than the corona virus or also called SARS Covid-19.Due to the protective measures taken such as the lockdown andnot only changed the prescribed rules of conductour way of life radically. Many people are now using largeConfronted with fears, worries and insecurities.Fear of being infected and falling ill yourself, fearinfecting friends, family, work colleagues, etc., fear,losing your job or going bankrupt as a self-employed personhaving to and therefore no longer being able to provide for his familyand, above all, afraid of not knowing how they arecurrent situation will continue to develop, has quickly spread among the population. The fear also concerns not knowing what social, societal, economic and political effects this will have on the respective state or on the whole world.

I can still very well remember a sushi seller who recently told me that he had not left his apartment for two months out of sheer fear and had only subsisted on his rice supply. Now he is happy to be able to work again, but there is still uncertainty.

Can you remember how your body reacted the last time you got really scared? Have you held your breath in shock, your heart pounding in your throat, and cupped your hands over your mouth or chest? A feeling triggered a short-term reaction in your body and thus in your cells. If your body is healthy and in balance, it will be able to successfully process the stimulus and not trigger any subsequent reactions in the body. But what happens if a stimulus lasts longer or your body is already under stress? In the specific case of the corona virus, the question arises as to how fear and insecurity affect our body if they persist for months.


From biography to biology

Everything that lives pulses with energy and this energy contains information. Not surprisingly, proponents of alternative or complementary healing support this notion, but even some quantum physicists acknowledge the existence of a subtle electromagnetic field generated by the body's processes. Scientists assume that the human body produces energy because living tissue produces energy.

Our physical body is surrounded by an energy field that extends over our head to our feet and down the length of our outstretched arms. This energy field is both an information center and a highly sensitive perception center. We constantly 'communicate' with everything around us through this system - it's a kind of conscious electricity that receives messages from other people's bodies and transmits them to us. Adherents of energy medicine believe that an energy field surrounds us and we carry with us the emotional energy created by our inner and outer experiences - both positive and negative. This emotional power affects the physical makeup of the body. As a result, the biography – that is, the experiences that make up our lives – becomes our biology.


Our emotions reside in our bodies

The experiences that carry emotional energy into our energy system include former and existing relationships of a private and professional nature, profound or traumatic experiences and memories, as well as all attitudes and beliefs. They are encoded in our biological system and contribute to the formation of our cellular tissue, which in turn generates a quality of energy that reflects that emotion. Consequently, this means that both positive and negative experiences leave a memory in the cellular tissue as well as in the energy field. So our emotions physically reside in our bodies and integrate with our cells and tissues.

For example, let's say you had arithmetic problems at school. Knowing that there are 12 in a dozen does not usually carry an emotional charge that leads to a change in cellular health. However, if your teacher humiliates you in front of the whole class because you just didn't know it, this experience acquires an emotional charge that leads to cellular damage, especially if you are repeatedly reminded of the unpleasant situation in adulthood or it is you as Milestone serves how to deal with criticism or authority figures, parenting and failure.


From deep anxiety to difficulty breathing

If one believes energy medicine that emotions

reside in our body and therefore our body ours

life story reflects, then it is also self-explanatory

that long-term emotional stress our body

make sick. Every thought triggers physio-

logical reactions. Many are meaningless and require

no conscious attention, but some like strong ones

cause charges. For the sushi seller mentioned at the beginning

For example, there could be two very different scenarios

Giving health development: In the first szeanrio we go

assume that his past of physical, mental

and mental health as well as predominantly positive experiences

ments and memories. He could make enough money

save to his family for at least a medium term

period and to be able to cover the fixed costs. During the quarantine period, however, the sushi seller got more and more abdominal and back pain and difficulty breathing. The symptoms subsided very quickly when he was allowed to open his small restaurant again and he got more exercise and fresh air.

In the second scenario, the sushi seller has already had to close his restaurant in the past due to a bad location and suffered financial damage as a result. His marriage also fell apart during this period. This shocked the seller very much at the time. Now he was in the process of building up a financial "safety cushion" again when he was once again forced to keep the restaurant closed. The seller had a very one-sided diet, stopped moving and felt alone with his fears and worries. The longer the pandemic lasted, the more complaints emerged. After the end of the lockdown, the sushi seller was able to reopen his restaurant and thus reduce his economic worries. However, the morning pain and labored breathing persisted.


Visceral therapy supports emotional/psychological problems

Visceral therapy means the merging of the musculoskeletal system with the organ system. Our organs are attached to the musculoskeletal system and are thus given their place and support in the body. They therefore have a strong connection to the spine, pelvis, ribs, shoulder girdle, bones, muscles and fascia.

Organ dysfunctions can occur for a variety of reasons: infections, surgical interventions, malnutrition, poor posture, scoliosis or emotional stress. The consequence of this is that the stressed organs build up tension and subsequently transfer it to the musculoskeletal system. For example, constipation or cystitis can lead to problems in the hip joint or the lumbar spine (pain, problems with the intervertebral discs, sliding vertebrae,...). As shown in the example of the sushi seller, emotional stress can also lead to physical ailments. The insecurity and worry acted on the organs and the organs caused stress on the spine. In osteopathy and physiotherapy we are talking about a lesion chain that has formed.

The aim of visceral therapy is to identify and treat the chain of lesions through a targeted anamnesis and diagnosis. In order to be able to respond to the patient's problem in the best possible way, the physiotherapist needs a lot of calm, empathy, attention and mindfulness towards the patient. Physiotherapy works on the body here, but a treatment has a very strong effect and can therefore not only trigger physical reactions but also deeply hidden emotions such as e.g. E.g. trigger long-held anger or sadness. It is important to be able to pick up the patient easily. Ideally, there is a relaxation room in the practice where patients can withdraw after the therapy and consciously let the therapy have an effect or rest afterwards.

Do you feel addressed? Does the sushi seller's story sound familiar to you? Or have you been suffering from stomach pain for a long time, even though you eat healthily?

I am happy to be there for you and accompany you on your way to recovery!

your physiotherapist


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