Chronic Pains Caused By Suppressed Emotions

Human beings are emotional beings. We were born to express our emotions freely and openly. However, to some extent, many of us have suppressed our emotions, especially those that are perceived as “negative”. Because we want to fit in with society, earn love and approval from others. Without knowing, we have developed chronic pains caused by suppressed emotions that have been stuck in our body for years.

physical pain caused by suppressed emotions

We do this most often with difficult emotions such as shame, fear or anger. When we experience emotional overwhelming situations and cannot process what is happening, we are unable to accept our feelings and express them in a healthy way. Instead, we hide them deep inside of us, where others cannot see. Gradually, we even end up hiding them from ourselves. However, the emotions we suppress and keep hidden are still there, deep within us.


Suppressed Emotions Don’t Just Go Away

Unresolved emotions, therefore, get stuck in our bodies. They start to accumulate and deform, draining our energy, leading to emotional imbalance, physical burnout, and ultimately disease or illness. When we regularly suppress our emotions, we create toxicity in our minds, bodies, and hearts. We unconsciously store this unprocessed emotional energy in our organs, muscles, and/or tissues. It leads to inflammation and chronic health problems and undermines our overall health.

If you belong to the group of people that have the tendency to suppress emotions, you may be facing a lot of health problems, such as long-term physical illnesses and muscle tensions. These people are locking up the emotions that instead need to be released in their bodies. As a result, this leads to extremely intense and uncomfortable muscle tension and/or physical pain that stays.

Trapped emotions can sometimes be more dangerous than most people realize. They create energy blockages which means the life energy cannot move through their physical body as well as the biofield and make people miserable.

So if you’re experiencing muscle tension of any kind, whether you realize it or not, you may be holding back some emotion. People can forget the things they have locked inside, but their bodies cannot. And that is how chronic pains are caused by suppressed emotions.


Types of Chronic Pains Caused By Stuck Emotions

– Neck: This part of the body closely connects to the throat chakra. Problems such as the inability to express oneself fully and honestly, fear or anxiety to be heard and seen often clog up this area. As the neck is also a vulnerable body part physically, it can relate to fear of physical danger or new and strange environments.

– Shoulder: This links to our ability to experience life joyfully. We carry burdens or responsibilities with other people or situations on our shoulders. For example, if you feel stressed but fail to acknowledge that you need help, this muscle tension will become worse. The best way to avoid shoulder pain is to accept that it is absolutely fine to ask for help when you need it. It’s not helpful to pretend that everything is okay when things go wrong.

– Upper back: When you are trying to suppress something extremely sad, it can build up to the point where you feel it in your physical body, especially the upper back. Maybe you need to let go of past sadness, sorrow or grief. You need to let those emotions out as soon as possible.

– Middle back: Feeling guilty over something wrong you’ve done or something you need to do and you didn’t can cause mid-back tension. Everyone makes mistakes in life. Actually, from mistakes, we can learn and grow. There is really no right and wrong, everything is simply experience. So forgive yourself, love yourself and move forward.

Anita Moorjani had a great talk sharing her miracle recovery within hours from cancer. In the end, Anita found out that not loving herself completely and unconditionally had brought her cancer.

– Lower back: When there is something about yourself that you do not like because of others’ judgment, the feelings of shame, guilt and unworthiness develop in the lower back. These situations are common to most of us because we are normally raised with a ”perfect” vision of a “nice girl”, a “good boy” to grow into. We are always not good enough. Accept and embrace yourself more and things will start to feel better.

– Abdomen: This is where we store most of the suppressed emotions in our body. When you refuse to face and deal with difficult emotions, you may experience abdominal cramps. You might do that consciously or unconsciously. Therefore, it will be beneficial when you are able to be aware of a certain emotion that comes up within you, accept it as it is, feel what you need to feel, and then let go.

– Hips: Pain in this area links with fear of making big decisions moving forward and accepting new experiences. You may feel like something is holding you back or you have nothing in near sight to move towards.

– Elbow: Represents flexibility, ability to adapt to changes and new circumstances. Don’t try to resist the flow because we all know that life is constantly changing.

– Knee: Knee pain is primarily a result of fear, especially when you’re trying to get rid of the things that make you vulnerable. There’s nothing terrible about being vulnerable, so stop being afraid of things that can hurt you.

– Ankle: Represents balance and ability to adapt to uneven terrain. The ankle has an association with the ability to receive pleasure. Therefore, pain in this area often originates from a lack of flexibility and guilt.

ankle pain


How to Release Trapped Emotions to Heal Chronic Pain

– In one of my previous posts, I have mentioned that we need to fully feel rather than control, deny or suppress emotions. So obviously, the first thing you need to do with your trapped emotion is to feel it all! Once you’ve felt it completely and let it go, it will move through and away by itself because that is the nature of emotions. When feeling the emotion, try not to let it overwhelm and lead you to its course. Instead, take the role of the observer, watching how the physical self of you reacts to that feeling objectively. You can check out this last post to read more details about observing emotions.

– Observe objectively also means no judging! There are no good or bad, right or wrong emotions. There are emotions that simply have higher vibrations and some that have lower vibrations. We tend to suffer and be weighed down more by the lower vibrations as we used to be judged, told off, bullied, labeled when we were children. The more stories we add to the emotions, the longer we trap them within our bodies. Therefore, simply acknowledge the emotion as it is, without judging it or judging yourself or anyone else!

– Meditating is a big tool for you to calm your mind and relax your body. It also helps you to be present in the now moment. In addition, you will be more aware of each part of your body and can recognize any tension that arises and subsequently can send healing and relief to that part.

– Shallow breathing which means only breathing from the top part of the lungs does not supply air sufficiently to all corners of your body. On the other hand, deep breathing will help the body to absorb more oxygen, release more toxins, improve blood flow as well as calm the mind.

– Doing self-Reiki or having a Reiki healing session will give you an energetic boost from the universal life force energy. Reiki is well known for its ability to clear up energetic blockages and heal emotional imbalance. We know that suppressed emotions cause chronic pains and stuck energy needs to be released. When we treat the root cause properly, the manifestation of physical illnesses will start to cease.

self reiki

Regular exercise and healthy diets as we all know bring about many benefits for your body as well as your mood. The stronger your body becomes, the better you are able to deal with any kind of emotions, the faster you heal! Specifically, when you are struggling with muscle and joint pains, avoid or limit as much as you can acidic foods such as sugar, dairy products, meat, caffeine, junk foods.

– Taking sea salt baths with a dash of essential oil at least once a week will help cleanse your body physically and energetically. You should use all-natural and organic ingredients to ensure the best result. As the skin is the largest organ of our body so give it the care it deserves! This cleansing method definitely aids the release of the emotions stuck in your body and also assists in healing the pains.

salt bath



At the end of the day, it is all about energy, including our physical body, and our emotions. By taking proper care of our emotions and not holding on to them, we will be able to clear all the blockages within our physical and energetic bodies. As a result, we will gain back our well-functioning body free of chronic pains caused by suppressed emotions.

Please share your opinion or experiences regarding chronic pains by trapped emotions in the comment below. I would love to read and reply.

Much love,
W. / E.

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6 People reacted on this

  1. Many times in the past I had pains and aches in my body and I read your list and could see where I was holding emotions that I needed to let go of. I’ve been doing it now for the past 3 years and it has made such a big difference to how my body works and feels. Thanks for the extra tips.

    Meditation, yoga, and natural salt baths really help to cleanse the body and make you feel renewed.

    1. Hi Lily,

      Thanks for sharing about your journey in healing and releasing your suppressed emotions. I am really happy to hear that you can feel a big improvement in your physical health! It is great that you found my post helpful. ^_^

      Keep in touch, 


  2. Great post, learned a lot from it. I knew that pain in the back, shoulders, or neck are common these days, because of the jobs that we do and so on, but didn’t know that it can be mental. The favorite thing about it is your tip on taking sea salt baths, definitely something that will try. Stress is and will remain one of the most dangerous “disease”, and we can do so much more about it.

    1. Hi Ivan,

      Thanks for leaving a comment here! I am glad that you learned a lot from this post. We need to take care of ourselves mentally and emotionally too, just as important as our physical health. Hope you enjoy the sea salt baths! ^_^

  3. You brought up an important issue. Namely, that it is unhealthy to suppress our emotions. Suppressed emotions can lead to high levels of stress. And stress can cause secondary ailments. Like tightened muscles in various parts of our bodies, 

    I liked the idea that relaxation and meditation can help us release pent-up emotions and alleviate stress.

    however, for many, it is hard to relax and meditate. When this happens, finding sources that can each us is invaluable. 

    Thanks for writing this very helpful article.


    1. Hi Edwin,

      Thanks for your kind words! And you are right, suppressed emotions need to be released through any way that suits the person.

      All the best,


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