Painkillers - what are we disguising?

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Pain contains a message - what is your body telling you?

Pain and Symptom mapping

Pain is the body’s way of alerting us to an imbalance or lack of ease (dis-ease).

Eastern medicine holds that each organ and element of our structure relates metaphorically to an aspect of how we are living and experience life.

To understand this, consider back pain.

Our spine is the structure that supports our body and keeps us upright, yet also allows us to bend and flex. Back pain is one of the most common complaints we experience with 1 in 6 Australians (16%) reporting back problems in 2014–15. That’s 3.7 million people[1]. It is also a condition that is not exclusive to adults with some people experiencing it in childhood.

AIHW further reports it is estimated that 70–90% of people will suffer from lower back pain in some form at some point in their lives.

So what is the message related to the lumbar spine (lower back region)?

Lower back pain generally relates to money and a lack of financial support, however, further information can be gained from which of the five vertebrae in the lumbar region are causing discomfort. L3 for example, alerts us to one or more key areas: ignoring unresolved issues (sweeping them under the carpet rather than dealing with them), disconnecting from emotions to avoid feelings of rejection, fear, anger and frustration. Feeling sensitive about what others say about us. Experiencing chaos, resistance and an inability to see an issue clearly. To be caught up in our own point of view.

The risk of ignoring symptoms

When we ignore our symptoms, the body has no choice but to intensify or create further symptoms to alert us to the problem. Often in clinic this is played out when a series of symptoms are related to the same issue. An example of this is lower back pain, combined with a history of tonsillitis (feeling defensive, controlling, fearful), and sleep problems (fear, anxiety, unresolved problems, vulnerable). These symptoms overlap and alert us to fear as a dominant issue.

Kinesiology as a tool

Using kinesiology, it is then possible to uncover how this is playing out.

If I find that the Small Intestine is imbalanced I understand that the client is lacking joy in life, unable to absorb the nutrients or metaphoric goodness that life offers. Clearly, these symptoms are asking us to look at why the client is fearful, how the emotion of fear is affecting their flexibility and influencing their life to the point of being unable to enjoy life.

Once these links are highlighted, clients are usually able to quickly put the puzzle together and we can make the necessary corrections to balance the element affected, the Small Intestine in this case. The result is that the body no longer needs to use the symptoms of back pain, tonsillitis and poor sleep to alert the client about how fear is controlling their life. Often clients experience improvements in pain within the session.

The big picture

It is important to remember that long term issues can manifest in disease that requires medical intervention and if needed clients are referred to their doctor for further treatment. This, however, does not obviate the need to correct the underlying problem. Taking antibiotics for tonsillitis does not prevent tonsillitis from occurring again because the body still needs to get our attention. People who experience tonsillitis symptoms after a tonsillectomy will also attest to this. Imagine going straight to the source, dealing with the problem and living our best life.

What does the secret language of your body want you to know?

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[1] Australian Institute of Health and Welfare,

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