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Is it All in Your Head? How to Identify Psychosomatic Pain

We've all heard the phrase "it's all in your head" when it comes to pain. But what if it actually is? What if our thoughts and emotions are playing a bigger role in our pain than we realize? This is the concept of psychosomatic pain, and it's more common than you might think. But how can you tell if your pain is psychosomatic? Let's first define what psychosomatic pain is. It's pain that is caused, increased, or prolonged by psychological or emotional factors. In other words, it's pain that is generated by our thoughts and emotions. Specifically, the kind of thoughts and emotions that stress you out!


So then, how can you tell whether your pain is psychosomatic? Here are four simple questions you can ask yourself.

  • Does the thought of a person make your back or your heart hurt? (Actually, it can be any body part)

  • Are you experiencing pain almost everywhere?

  • Have you tried every massage under the sun, only to be in pain again the next day?

  • Has the location of your pain moved?





Click Here to Learn more about how Watsu with Diana Cheng addresses psychosomatic pain.


Diana Cheng, B.A.Sc.,

Certified Watsu® Practitioner



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