The Most Common Cause of Pain

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I have been working with people for about the past 12 years. I graduated with my doctor of physical therapy degree about 10 years ago, but I started really working with people who have pain during clinical rotations during school.  I have learned a ton about life by working with people who have pain, injury, or post-op.  I have mostly worked with people of all ages, literally from 5 through 90, in general orthopedic clinics, sports orthopedic clinics, and with my non-traditional business, Logan Kinei.


Side note:  When I refer to traditional physical therapy clinics I mean insurance based clinics.  This means that the individual, usually called a patient, may have to pay a co-pay but the majority of money the clinic makes is paid out through the individual’s health insurance.  These are the most common physical therapy clinics, which are typically quite busy, focused on physician referrals, and often do not allow for the quality of time necessary for the interaction between the therapist and the individual.  Treatments are often heavily influenced by insurance companies, who also dictate the number of sessions for the individual – often not even based on the person’s progress but instead on statistics and money.


Since I started Logan Kinei five years ago, I have worked with many of my clients for two to five years.  With this longevity, along with my previous experiences in a traditional physical therapy setting, I started to see patterns emerge.  I started to become aware of and understand the body-mind interaction and the effect they have on each other.  I really came to understand that the body manifests what the mind believes.  And in my experience, the most common cause of pain that I see is some sort of mental stress.

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I took this photo of myself in October 2018. I was quite miserable when I took this, mentally.  This was a turning point that set me on the path to a deeper understanding self inquiry. 

I’m sure you have heard of the mind-body connection. What does that mean?  Are the mind and body really separated that they have to have a connection?  Well yes and no.

The mind-body connection is the way the body and the mind communicate back and forth.  The brain uses it’s complex system of nerves to send signals to the body, and the body sends signals back to the brain.  Sometimes the body’s signals don’t even go to the brain because a shorter, more efficient feedback loop is started more distally within the nervous system.  So really, the body-mind are one in the same.  The body does not work without the mind, and though the mind can work without the body, it does not work as well or last as long.
All of our stress is created within our mind.  We have thoughts that we believe and hang on to.  We decide what matters and what doesn’t.  Stress is 100% created in our own mind.  We can share stress with other people as the conditioning of energy of the collective mind can get negatively charged and anyone within that collective will start to feel the stress.  This stuff is real.  Think about how you start to feel frustrated or angry when someone else is emitting stress.  You can feel it, it’s there.  However, you can choose to get roped into it or not.

So we create the stress in our mind and if it is there long enough, the stress will start to manifest in the body.  Your body’s systems will start to react – skin gets rashes, muscles start to ache, tissues around your vulnerable joints start to tense, your GI tract starts acting up, your blood pressure increases, your heart rate increases, you start to get headaches, you feel sad, angry, frustrated, you lose your appetite or over eat.

Again, in my experience, stress created in the mind is the most common cause of non-traumatic pain in the body.  So what do you do about it?  Find out in my next blog post….

2 thoughts on “The Most Common Cause of Pain

  1. I love these pieces Shaun. But this one is complicated for me. I’m bipolar. So it’s not all that clear about what stress, for me, actually is. What others call Stressful situations often very quickly trigger bipolar episodes that can last for days, wavering from mania to depressive back to mania and all over the place. I don’t think I agree that I create this stress although maybe I need to think about that. But what I do know is that I have no control over what happens after that.

    1. Thanks, Thomas! I appreciate you reading them. And thanks for sharing this. I can understand why this one is complicated for you, but only from my perspective. I have never dealt with any of those issues personally, nor have I had any clients with them (that I know of). In this article, I am primarily referring to the perspective of dealing with physical pain and the connection to stresses in the mind — the body-mind relationship. And, though there is always a connection to the mind with pain, it is not the only cause. I go into this some in the follow-up post that will coming out next week too. This is considered out of my scope and I don’t know anything about your history, but I will give you some thoughts I have….

      Stress, like pain, is completely relative to the individual experiencing it. My stress is going to be different than your stress, always. Our stress, like perspectives, are based on our past experiences and memories. I see bipolar episodes, mania, and depression are all manifestations of this stress that is brought on by certain triggers. Here are some questions I have about anyone who has these bipolar, mania, and depressive episodes, and maybe you can explore these for yourself.

      What is at the root here? Why are these triggers actually triggers for these episodes? Have you had these episodes your whole life? If not, then couldn’t they have only been created within? Also, if you were not born with them, then can’t they be changed – for better or worse? Like pain, won’t they typically get worse if there is not purposeful intent behind to change them in a positive manor? If they started at a young age, then the root may be from a very young age (typically is anyway)? (0-7 years old is the most impressionable time in our lives) Most of the time it is a combination of things manifested over time. Do you believe these things to be you, do you identify with them? Do you believe yourself to be your thoughts, memories, sensations, and perceptions?

      Though you are not willingly and consciously (aware) creating the stress, your body-mind will have these reactions subconsciously – almost as a defense mechanism that has gone so far that it is now causing more harm. These reactions can become ingrained in us, through small repetitive conscious reactions over time. Maybe these episodes happen to avoid dealing with whatever the root issues are. And I’m sure there is a whole complicated root system, as these things are not easy. We can change our mind, literally. Not just choices and things, but we can actually change the way our brain works and the way it interacts with the body and the world. We have to be aware and accepting that change can and will happen. Check out Joe Dispenza’s work — @drjoedispenza on instagram, drjoedispenza.com. Also suggest, Rupert Spira – https://non-duality.rupertspira.com/home

      I don’t believe we have to understand these things to move beyond these things. We are beyond them, we just have to become aware of that. At a live Rupert Spira event, someone asked a question about using self inquiry to work through similar issues and Rupert Spira’s advice was….work with someone who is trained in the mind and dealing with these issues but who is also well versed in self inquiry/spirituality. By spirituality, I mean exploring that we are not our body-mind and there is much more to us and life. If one is able to get beyond the mind, then the mind no longer has control over anything. If the mind no longer has control, do bipolar, mania, and depression exist?

      Again, I have no experience in dealing with these things, but these are just the thoughts I have. This is how I would approach something like this. If you ever want to talk about anything further, feel free to reach out!

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