Psychosomatics of the Back

The back is the rear part of the torso between the neck and buttocks. It includes the vertebral, lumbar, sacral, scapular, and subscapular regions.

Symptoms of back ailments include different types of pain, a feeling of stiffness in the back, increased pain with movement or physical exertion, and limited mobility.

Causes of back ailments are:

  • Diseases of the spinal column,
  • Injuries to back muscles, vertebrae, or intervertebral discs,
  • Lifting heavy weights,
  • Excessive physical strain,
  • Age-related changes,
  • Pregnancy period,
  • Long periods in one position (occupational features),
  • Hypothermia, etc.

Psychosomatics of the Back

The back is formed by the spine, so let’s consider the psychosomatics of the spine. Since the spine is a supporting organ, a framework, the axis of the human body, transferring these characteristics to the metaphysical plane suggests the psychological causes of back problems.

Looking at the functions of the spine, we see the same basic characteristics: supportive (support in life), motor (movement – life), sheath (encloses, protects the spinal cord). Hence, the back, the spine symbolizes the internal core of a person, through which the energy of life circulates (spinal cord).

Perhaps the supportive and protective functions have led some authors to associate the spine with the father, his support in life. And arising problems are linked to a person’s inability to accept paternal support.

Thus, spinal disorders indicate the seriousness of a person’s emotional problems: distrust of life, resistance to changes in life.

Psychological Causes of Back Problems

It is known that the thoracic region of the back is associated with emotions, and the lumbar region with the sense of self in life.

For example, if a person is confident in their abilities, they move forward fearlessly and purposefully, without problems with the lower back.

Let’s start with the psychological causes of pain in the thoracic area of the back.

The first cause of problems related to this area is the feeling of “everyone is riding on me.”

The second is the fear of “not being loved,” and the associated guilt of love. In this case, it’s typical for a person to blame others.

The third reason is guilt for past mistakes, linked to self-unforgiveness, self-reproach. As a result, a person cannot let go of the past.

The next cause is experiencing emotional trauma and closing the heart. Guided only by reason, the person closes off from people to avoid re-trauma. Gradually becomes introverted, closed off from life.

The fourth cause is low self-esteem. The person has lost faith in themselves (“walks with a bowed head”), fears failure, and tends to blame themselves and others. Characterized by a tendency to judge.

The fifth reason is related to accumulating emotions inside, not showing them to others, not letting them out.

The sixth reason – taking on too much and being unable to cope. This burden weighs them down. The next cause is feeling victimized by the situation, manipulating others through the victim role, and inducing guilt in others. If this tactic fails, the person becomes overwhelmed with resentment and anger.

Another reason is trying to be useful to others to receive love. Waiting for their reciprocal actions, attention, gratitude. Not receiving it, they start to think that everyone has turned away from them. Problems with the lumbar region of the back begin if a person is tormented by constant worries about shortage and insecurity about the future. They begin to lose faith in their strength, lose internal support. Then fears appear (fear of poverty, fear of loneliness).

Problems with the lumbar region indicate anxiety over financial issues, guilt related to financial problems, blaming others for financial troubles.

The lumbar region suffers from fear of financial problems or fear of career failures. The sacral region starts signaling pain if a person lacks love but is forced to be alone.

Also, problems with the sacrum can be based on the trauma of sexual violence, leading to self-hatred. Such a person denies sexual attractiveness and relationships.

Another psychosomatic cause of pain in the sacrum is fear of economic problems, especially if a person strives to be independent, afraid of being a burden to others.

Sometimes pain in the sacrum indicates a lack of strength.

Psychosomatics of the Vertebral Regions of the Back

It should be noted that each vertebra relating to the back symbolizes a specific problem. Let’s examine this in more detail, based on the table by Louise Hay.

Psychosomatic meaning of thoracic vertebrae:

1 – fear of life, too much to do and worry about (can’t cope); isolating from life.

2 – fear, pain, and resentment; unwillingness to empathize; soul is locked away.

3 – internal chaos, deep-seated longstanding resentments, inability to communicate.

4 – bitterness, the need to harm, curses.

5 – refusal to process emotions, holding back feelings, anger.

6 – resentment, accumulation of negative emotions, fear of the future, constant worry.

7 – accumulation of pain, refusal to rejoice.

8 – obsessive thoughts of defeat, rejection of one’s own good.

9 – feeling that life has betrayed you, blaming others, you are a victim.

10 – refusal to take responsibility, the need to be a victim, “it’s your fault.”

11 – low self-esteem, fear of relationships.

12 – not acknowledging the right to life, unsure and afraid of love, inability to assimilate.

Psychosomatic meaning of lumbar vertebrae:

1 – unstable craving for love and need for solitude, uncertainty.

2 – firmly stuck in childhood resentments, seeing no way out.

3 – sexual seduction, guilt, self-hatred.

4 – rejecting sexuality, financial instability, fear for one’s career, feeling of helplessness.

5 – unreliability, communication difficulties, anger, inability to enjoy.

According to Louise Hay, the basis of problems with the sacrum is either loss of strength or longstanding evil stubbornness. It is known that stooping results from feeling loneliness and uselessness. Spinal curvature indicates an inability to accept support from life, from a father, distrust of life, adherence to old principles, lack of courage to admit one’s wrongdoing.

Ways to Heal Psychosomatic Back Pain

It turns out that, regardless of our will, from early childhood we absorb at a subconscious level the attitudes and beliefs, habits, and behavior patterns that are accepted in our immediate environment (family, relatives, friends, etc.).

We absorb them without thinking about the sign they carry for us: “plus” or “minus,” whether they develop or hinder us. But most of what accumulates in us turns out to be negative.

For instance, resentment or anger as forms of our reaction to something that does not meet our expectations. Unwillingness to change, resistance, and fear as a reaction to changes and shifts in our life, etc.

Unaware of the destructive side of these forms, we repeat them again and again until a critical mass of negativity accumulates from our dissatisfaction. And then our body, as a loyal servant, starts signaling us with pain that something is wrong.

What the end of this story will be is up to each of us. Some will understand the signal of their body and reflect. Others won’t even notice the body’s cry for help to the soul.

I know only one thing: those who want to heal will always look for ways, methods, and means to heal their inner, emotional ailments (resentment, malice, anger, judgment, fears, etc.).

And they will surely find something suitable (fortunately, there are many methods on the Internet now): whether it’s forgiveness, repentance, acceptance, talking to one’s soul, restoring love for oneself and others, opening up and trusting life, finding support in oneself as a unique Part of the Divine Universe, etc.

Here it’s important to remember one thought: it doesn’t matter what happened in the past (for example, in childhood), what matters is that NOW YOU, AND ONLY YOU, CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING FOR THE BETTER (including your health and your life). Simply because every adult conscious person is the creator of their own life and the life of their children.

I wish you awareness!


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