In psychosomatics, shoulders and neck indicate the flow of a person’s energy. Pain, stiffness, and discomfort suggest energy blockages and issues in energy channels. The state and position of the shoulders reflect an individual’s psycho-emotional state and internal harmony.
- Psychosomatics of Shoulders
- Neck Symbolism in Psychosomatics
- Shoulder Position and Psycho-Emotional State
- Possible Psychological Causes of Shoulder Pain in Men and Women
- Location of Pain
- Injuries and Chronic Diseases
- Muscle Tightness in the Neck as a Prohibition
- Right and Left Side of the Neck
- Importance of Shoulder Pain
- How to Alleviate Neck Pain and Address Its Psychosomatic Causes
- Psychosomatics of Shoulder and Neck Pain
- Louise Hay’s View
- Lise Bourbeau’s Perspective
- Dr. V. Sinelnikov’s Theory
- V. Zhikarentsev’s Approach
- Preventing Shoulder and Neck Pain
Psychosomatics of Shoulders
The condition of the shoulders mirrors the moral dilemma of “want or must.” Psychosomatics of the shoulders reveal a conflict within the personality: “want or need to.” Problems with the shoulders (pain, stiffness, drooping, and curvature) indicate living for others, conforming to societal and environmental demands rather than personal desires.
Upright shoulders and good posture signify inner satisfaction and harmony, meaning the person lives in harmony with themselves, following their true calling. Psychosomatically, shoulders always reflect what a person carries, broadly representing personal fulfillment and creativity. Betrayal of self can lead to stiff shoulders.
Neck Symbolism in Psychosomatics
The neck represents psychological flexibility and movement. Neck pain signifies suppressed emotions like resentment, anger, fear, and reluctance, “tying” a person’s hands mentally and then physically. Neck pains and spasms indicate stagnant life energy.
Shoulder Position and Psycho-Emotional State
Shoulders and arms help us transmit heart energy. They enable us to hug, caress, and express love. If a person is unaccustomed to showing emotions, embracing, and accepting love, their shoulders eventually lose mobility.
Not only this affects shoulder position. Guilt and chronic fatigue are also common causes of drooping shoulders. Constant slouching (subconscious desire to be unnoticeable, appear smaller) and bending under life’s burdens can lead to deformed, slumped shoulders over time.
Other shoulder deformities and their psychosomatic meanings:
- Tense, raised shoulders signify insecurity, uncertainty, confusion. The person often worries and struggles to find answers.
- Puffed-up chest and retracted shoulders suggest a defensive posture, hiding the soul and showcasing an outer shell.
- Uneven or twisted shoulders indicate avoidance of unpleasant situations or not knowing how to respond.
- Immobile shoulders reflect emotional coldness, emptiness, indifference, suppressing desires, or inability to desire.
- Involuntary shoulder twitching indicates internal doubts, the desire to “shake off” something burdensome.
Emotions directly impact shoulder position and posture, evident in how shoulders and posture look when we are happy, angry, or sad. The more frequently an emotion is experienced, the more permanently the corresponding shoulder position is fixed.
Have you considered why shoulders hurt between the shoulder blades? It signifies the fear of being bad, failing to please others. People with such pains tend to be self-critical, often suffering from perfectionism and the “good student” syndrome.
Possible Psychological Causes of Shoulder Pain in Men and Women
Shoulder and shoulder muscle pain often signifies a feeling of suppression. Individuals with such pain tend to ignore their own desires and needs, living out of harmony with themselves. The more they endure and restrain themselves, the more intense the shoulder stiffness and pain.
Location of Pain
Understanding the psychosomatics of shoulder pain involves considering the side of the body where the pain occurs. Different sides represent the expression of male and female energies. According to another psychosomatic theory, the right shoulder relates to societal interactions and professional self-realization, while the left shoulder connects to personal life harmony. Left-side pain indicates living with an unloved person or a reluctance to close the distance in conflicts or discussions.
Injuries and Chronic Diseases
Even injuries have psychosomatic precursors. For instance, a shoulder fracture suggests living wrongly against one’s nature for years, completely surrendering to others and suppressing personal desires. Other injuries and diseases:
- Scoliosis results from heightened expectations and the inability to meet them.
- Arthritis indicates unresolved problems impeding progress.
- Osteoarthritis reflects self-sacrifice, habitually doing one’s own and others’ work, and helping others when needing help oneself.
- Shoulder dislocation arises from life-threatening situations, conflicts, and failure to fulfill promises.
- Strains are due to fear of decision-making and undesirable outcomes.
Interestingly, the more severe the injury, the more internal contradictions and fatigue have accumulated. A hospital stay post-injury allows for rest and relaxation, shifting focus to personal desires and needs.
Muscle Tightness in the Neck as a Prohibition
Neck muscle tightness signifies internal protest against someone being a burden. It represents carrying too heavy a load, feeling obliged to bear it, but often the burden is self-imposed and can be released.
Right and Left Side of the Neck
Both male and female energies are present in every person. The left side of the neck correlates with feminine energy:
- In women, left-side pains stem from suppressed femininity, living with an unloved partner, or sexual dissatisfaction.
- In men, they indicate relationship issues with women or suppression by women.
The right side represents masculine energy:
- In men, tight right shoulders suggest aggression and authoritarianism due to excessive responsibilities.
- In women, it indicates a victim mentality, either being exploited by others or being with a tyrant.
Importance of Shoulder Pain
Shoulder pain is a serious symptom. Ignoring it and living a life dictated by others only worsens the consequences. Personal development is impossible under such conditions. Remember, acknowledging and addressing these psychosomatic signals is key to overall health and well-being.
How to Alleviate Neck Pain and Address Its Psychosomatic Causes
To correct neck pain, foster healthy self-love and egoism. Remember your abilities and desires, find your purpose, and follow it. Fear of disappointing others or failing expectations often plays a role, requiring work on fear and anxiety. Life lived for others, especially in parent-child relationships, demands “cutting the psychological umbilical cord” and learning independence.
However, support from loved ones is crucial. Try this exercise:
- Stand back-to-back with a close person you wish to connect with.
- Have them place their hand on your shoulder joint.
- Lean on the hand, maintaining the position for three minutes.
This exercise should be taken seriously and performed regularly for at least two days for pain relief. Ensure the partner doesn’t scare or drop you abruptly.
Analyze your situation:
- List all concerns on paper.
- Note the pros and cons.
- Write responses to “What if I do this?” and “What if I don’t?” to evaluate active and passive outcomes.
Sometimes, shoulder pain arises from unrealistic self-demands. Lower your expectations to a realistic level.
Addressing psychosomatic pain requires long-term self-awareness work. Understand emotions and life conditions hindering happiness, then decide how to combat them. This requires a complete life reassessment.
Psychosomatics of Shoulder and Neck Pain
Pain in the shoulder or neck indicates overwhelming life periods or neurotic depression. It reflects an excessive burden of problems or life pressure.
Louise Hay’s View
Louise Hay believes shoulder pain signifies feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. The state of the shoulders mirrors how one handles life’s difficulties. Negativity turns life into a heavy burden. Her affirmation: “All my life experiences are joyful and pleasant.”
Lise Bourbeau’s Perspective
Lise Bourbeau sees shoulder pain as taking on too much and worrying about others at the expense of self-wellbeing. Pain during movement indicates inability to accept certain situations or people.
Dr. V. Sinelnikov’s Theory
According to Dr. Sinelnikov, the neck symbolizes psychological flexibility. Neck and shoulder pain signifies narrow-mindedness and emotional suppression.
V. Zhikarentsev’s Approach
Zhikarentsev interprets shoulder pain as carrying a heavy burden, feeling helpless. Use the affirmation: “I stand straight and free. I love and approve of myself. My life improves every day.”
Preventing Shoulder and Neck Pain
The shoulders reflect action energy, freedom, and self-realization. Burdens of duties, dependence on others’ opinions, and unloved work lead to psychosomatic issues in the shoulder area. The best prevention is finding your passion and asking, “Is this what I need?” or “Is this for me or someone else?” Only true satisfaction in work, personal, and family life preserves shoulder health.