“I will take care of you …” we often comment on our loved ones, but too often we forget to say it to ourselves, despite the availability of our body of effective means of preserving health, such Like listening and understanding of their messages, clear, but often ignored. We must not give undue attention, hypochondria is lurking. Everyone knows that an organism, in order to stay healthy, has to eat properly, do a lot of physical activity, but above all, learn to accept and express one’s emotions for optimum performance.
How do emotions affect the body?
If we realize that the body preserves the traumas in memory, we can immediately identify the signs at the origin of a dysfunction. Such deep tensions can arise and manifest at any moment. When our emotional state is altered, we lose lucidity in reasoning; it is then when organs suffer the repercussions of such emotions. This is because the organs are closely related to the limbic system thanks to the intervention of the thalamus, a sensitive connection in the brain, body and organ communication.
For example, a man loses his job: a serious psychological trauma, a social stress. After a while, he has incessant pains in the stomach, which is not able to connect to the psychological trauma suffered. What has happened is: the brain has received a negative message and to get rid of it, it sends it back, in this case to the stomach. This somatization causes pain and contractures, because of this the brain receives two negative messages: “I have failed at work” and “my stomach hurts, therefore I am sick.” This two are the cause of depressive phenomena. Visceral reflexes and instinctive behaviors have taken over. Treating the stomach (without covering the symptoms) would be equivalent to eliminate one of the two negative information, allowing the individual to understand and manage the psychological stress suffered and face it rationally. This is how emotions “take shape within us.”
The visceral aspect damages the emotionality and the emotionality damages the visceral aspect. There is also a hierarchy in the reactivity of organs according to severity, duration, and intensity of stress. Emotional reactions can range from simple spasms of the gallbladder to altered breathing, reflux, tachycardia, to more severe symptoms. The phenomenon triggers somatization, which allows us to maintain a state of good mental health, insofar as it remains acceptable and does not put us in a dangerous condition. Fortunately, we somatized!
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According to clinical and scientific data, anxiety and the gastrointestinal system are linked. People who suffer from anxiety problems are more likely to aggravate their gastro-intestinal pathology or develop one. Anxiety is triggered or worsened in the case of intestinal problems; anxiety problems cause inflammatory digestive problems. Therefore, the bi-directional link between the brain and the intestine creates a vicious cycle of maintenance and aggravation of visceral inflammation and psychological state.
How do we approach these emotional influences from osteopathy?
Osteopathy uses visceral manipulations as part of a wide range of therapeutic actions completed for the restoration of a good psycho-physical balance to improve the mobility of the organ and facilitate its function. There are specific techniques for each organ. By improving mobility, mobility and visceral motility, the osteopath manages to block the vicious circle of emotion-organ-symptom causing the patient’s psycho-physical imbalance. What is crucial is to realize that our body, in its entirety, retains the memory of stressful situations, ready to wake up as soon as the occasion arises or comes back. Proof of this is the so-called “water memory”.
According to research by Nobel laureate Luc Montagnier and the Italian physicist Emilio Del Giudice, some DNA sequences can induce low-frequency electromagnetic signals in highly diluted aqueous solutions, which maintain a “memory” of the characteristics of the DNA itself. Through this study, the researchers explain how it would be possible to develop diagnostic systems, hitherto never designed, and based on the informative property of biological water present in the human body. This investigation confirms, therefore, the presence of a “corporal memory” that must be listened and interpreted to avoid radicalization of the trauma and the inevitable pathological consequences.