Is there a link between chronic fear or “stuck emotions” and the development of fibromyalgia?
I’m sharing the patterns I’ve seen in my private practice clients who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia today. While I certainly don’t believe I’m the only one with answers, I do notice patterns and my hope is that we can have a broader discussion of this and together find answers.
There is new science coming out from fascia researchers as well as psychologists that can help us understand what’s happening physiologically and otherwise, with fibromyalgia (and other conditions like myofascial pain syndrome, which is a topic for another day).
Recently it’s been proven that fascia can contract independent of muscle tissue, which in itself has massive implications for all kinds of injuries and conditions. But it gets super interesting when we combine that piece of research with another: fascia responds to chemical messengers like fear.
Fear can produce a chemical called TGF, and in the presence of TGF fascia has been shown to thicken.
Then, we add in another piece of science: fascia has its own pain receptors.
Why did the fascia thicken in the first place? And could it be that once these factors come into play they create their own cycle? Thicker fascia leading to activation of fascia’s pain receptors; pain causes more fear, which thickens the fascia even more, which may contract even more in an attempt to protect against the chronic unidentified threat.
The clients I’ve worked with who have fibromyalgia (and additionally my online students as well) all tell similar stories of childhood trauma that caused a lot of internal fear. Many have worked on healing the emotional components, but the physical seems stuck in a pattern.
In today’s video I share my thoughts on fibromyalgia.
Would love to hear from you after you get a chance to watch. If you’re landing on this blog/video and you have fibromyalgia I’d especially love to get your thoughts on this. Share them below!