It may sound strange to treat high blood pressure or inflammation of the urinary tract with psychotherapy. However, if we look at the symptoms of the body aslanguage that communicates with us, we can begin to understand what our body really wants to tell us. Psychotherapy is a tool that gives us the courage to listen to our bodies.
Psychosomatics is a field – which discovers the connections between our psyche and the body. At the same time, we can imagine the psyche as a huge space that includes everything we think about or live through, our experience. We have it all stored in us, even if we don’t think about it or don’t even remember it. In addition, if such experiences are threatening, (they could cause extreme stress to our body) our desire to maintain harmony can suppress these experiences. At that moment, the body activates, and reacts stronger the more we resist its natural inclination.
The origin, development and course of each disease is related in varying degrees to our psyche. At the same time, every disease affects our lives retroactively at all its levels (physical, mental, social and spiritual). For example, pain in various parts of the body (migraines, pain in limbs, joints, painful movement, toothache, etc.) is common. Chronic psychosomatic diseases include asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, atopic eczema, allergies or Crohn’s disease. Individual organ systems (heart disease, gastrointestinal diseases or psychosomatic sexual problems) are also affected. Which part of the body shows a symptom may be related to its function, but also to a symbolic similarity that may be linked to a specific memory or previous experience.
It may have happened to you that you became ill at the most inopportune time. All you need is a banal virus that will interrupt your work flow for a week. In the language of psychosomatics you escaped from the unbearable pressure you put on yourself or allowed it to affect you. Like other organs and organ systems, immunity works under the influence of our emotions, stress can be responsible for its weakening. The cause of psychosomatic diseases is often internal conflict. This is the result of what we desire and expect from ourselves (what we should be). In this example, it may be the desire to be a child again and not have to do anything for a while. This is in conflict with the fear of what will happen if we can’t do everything that is on our plate.
You may have been suffering from headaches for years. Your suffering will sometimes get worse, and other times it will seemingly subside. Over the years, you have undergone a number of examinations, always with a negative result. You may even doubt yourself. You have to be completely healthy. So where does the stubborn pain come from? A typical feature of a psychosomatic illness is that it lasts for a longer period of time (it is chronic), its symptoms occasionally subside to subsequently intensify, and professional medical examinations often do not yield a positive result. Psychosomatic illness can also be just the opposite. The first thing that is revealed can be a symptom without consciously experiencing it ourselves. For example, a cancer patient or a couple confronted with infertility.
Psychosomatics is a complex field. At specialized workplaces, a team of experts is available to the patient, including a doctor, psychologist and physiotherapist. Their goal is to provide a person with comprehensive care that will allow them to capture the disease in its entire context and continue to work with it so that its origin and development is understood.
It is a long-term process, the essential part of which is to make precisely those changes in your life that will help a person to live consciously and in accordance with their own needs towards healing.
Psychotherapy helps to connect the life story of the client with his or her physical being. If emotional injuries permeate your life and you feel that you need to be constantly alert in your relationships with others, then your body will use that as an opportunity to store fat and create a protective armor that forms a safe distance between you and your surroundings. Finding connections through a life story then opens up the right possibilities for change. In this case, the client would probably deal with relationship formulas and self-worth. The client’s relationships are also reflected in their relationship with the therapist, one task of the therapist is to help the client look into them. Other tools of psychotherapy include body-oriented techniques such as autogenous training, body perception therapy or focusing. Online psychotherapy offers similar opportunities to work with psychosomatic illness.
“It started with my back problems. The doctors passed me around over the years, no one was able to find the reason for my repeated pain. The practitioner recommended that I try a psychologist. I defended myself because I wasn’t crazy, but I had no choice. During therapy, I understood that I put a lot on myself and it was reflected in problems with my back. When the pain comes, I already know that I should slow down. The therapist showed me relaxation techniques that I can use to vent stress and prevent pain.”