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How Emotional Blockages Can Cause Physical Problems

Did you know that the body and, in particular, our muscles can hold on to old emotions?

When I see clients, I often find that the root cause of many people’s physical problems is emotional blockages.

Emotional blockages cause muscles not to function correctly, and each muscle is related to specific emotions.

Today I will talk about four muscles and how they relate to particular emotions.

Even better, I will give you tips on working on those emotional blockages yourself.

Let’s dive in, starting with your Teres Minor Muscle.

The Teres Minor Muscle

Your Teres Minor muscles are part of your rotator cuff that supports your shoulder joint.

The Teres Minor muscles can become dysfunctional when we go into a flight, fright and freeze response.

The old negative emotions we associate with the Teres Minor muscles include despair, despondence, heaviness, hopelessness, solitude and exhaustion.

Physical problems we associate with dysfunctional Teres Minor muscles include neck and shoulder discomfort and pain.

To help release emotions, find time to relax. Try meditating, having a hot bath, spending time in nature, or anything that will help your mind relax.

The Quadriceps

Your Quadriceps are made up of four muscles in your thigh and help to support your knee joint.

The Quadricep muscles can become dysfunctional when we feel pulled in more than one direction.

The old negative emotions we associate with the Quadriceps include shock, sadness, unappreciated, nervousness, discouragement and indecisiveness.

Physical problems we associate with dysfunctional Quadricep muscles include knee joint, hamstring, and calf issues.

A helpful tip to help release emotions is to write a list of things you need to accomplish.

Break down the list into things you need to do and those you would like to do.

Keep reviewing the list, monitoring what you need to do and what direction you want to go in life.

The Tensor Fascia Latae

Your Tenor Fascia Latae (TFL) muscles help support the hip joint.

The TFL muscles can become dysfunctional when we are too controlling or holding on too tight.

The old negative emotions we associate with the TFL muscles are guilt, grief, regret, depression, apathy, sadness, toxic shame and powerlessness.

Physical problems we associate with dysfunctional TFL muscles are hip and lower back pain.

A help tip to help the TFL muscles is to think about things you are holding on to and imagine releasing them.

The sooner you realize that you cannot control everything, the easier life will become.

The Psoas

The Psoas muscles are your “core muscles” that help support your lower back, hips and knees.

The Psoas muscles can become dysfunctional when we are fearful of being alone or feel shame.

The old negative emotions we associate with the Psoas muscle include anxiety, phobias, superstition, paranoia, cautiousness, carelessness and recklessness.

Physical problems we associate with a dysfunctional Psoas muscle include the lower back, hip and knee issues.

To help the Psoas muscles emotions try meditation.

Now It’s Your Turn

Do you have physical issues that you think might be related to emotional blockages?

If you do, then let me know in the comments below.

2 comments

  1. I like your informative interactive posts and what a good way to elicit responses from people that read them. Good approach!

    1. Hi Elaine, Thanks for the positive feedback, Elaine. I hope you are doing well. Dom

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