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Natural Awakenings San Diego


Jun 28, 2018 06:29PM ● By Dr. Nikki Cohen












Everything is connected. But most people think that this saying pertains only to the physical body, like the hip bone is connected to the thigh bone.

       Although that is true, it’s even deeper than that. Not only is the hip bone connected to the thigh bone, but the insides are connected to the outsides. Our organs are literally attached to our bones, either directly or indirectly via attachments to other organs. And our emotions can be manifested in our organs.

       Here are a couple of examples of how that works:

  • A professional athlete is about to participate in the final game to win the series. He is dressed and ready to go. Emotions are flooding his system, from excitement to fear, and he gets overwhelmed and vomits.
  • A graduate student is worried about her upcoming job interview. She can’t sleep, can’t eat, and has diarrhea every day.

       These are visceral reactions to stress. Of course, nothing is wrong with their digestive systems. Their organs are merely reacting to the inner stress and emotions that they are feeling.

       It’s as if the psycho-emotional reaction is overwhelming and the body must get rid of it.

       Vomiting is one way. Diarrhea is another. Sweating is another. Any way the body can purge, it will.

       This helps maintain balance within the system as a whole and within the systems that make up the whole.

       But let’s talk about this on a less dramatic scale. Most of us are not professional athletes  or performers. Just because we don’t have a big game doesn’t mean we don’t experience emotional stress. A series of mild stressors that build and build over years can eventually create an imbalance within one or several of your systems. The digestive system is a common target, creating symptoms of constipation, diarrhea or nausea/vomiting. But this emotional stress can be found anywhere.

       It can affect blood flow, blood pressure and joint range of motion. Ongoing, low grade, emotional stress can also create pain in the body and prevent full healing from other injuries or illnesses. Chronic stress affects everything in the body and can alter the way we heal or don’t heal.

       So, the next time you “should be better by now,” take a good look at your life and your day-to-day stressors. It’s possible a change needs to be made. Seeking bodywork from a therapist that does CranioSacral Therapy and/or Visceral Mobilization is strongly recommended. Both disciplines have techniques to help rid the physical body of unprocessed emotional stress that could be preventing full healing and full optimal function.


Dr. Nikki Cohen is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who specializes in visceral mobilization, CranioSacral Therapy and pelvic floor physical therapy. She is a skilled practitioner who considers the whole human being and operates from a mind/body/spirit perspective. For more information, call 818-606-6717 or visit If you need help finding a practitioner in your area, reach out to Dr. Cohen. She is happy to help you find one.



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