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Trapped emotions that we have repressed since childhood due to trauma are what keep us in physical pain, thus causing TMS. This includes chronic physical pain or chronic illnesses that may not necessarily cause pain but keep us focused on our bodies as a distraction from our repressed emotions. This is the brain's way of protecting us from the trapped emotions, so if reading this is offending you like it offended me when I first heard about this, then your brain is doing an excellent job at trying to protect you. We do this unconsciously, so this might sound ridiculous at first - I know I definitely thought this was a load of garbage when I first heard about it.
This whole concept is something no one teaches us in school or in society, so it's no wonder that it can be hard to believe. Emotions are repressed due to childhood trauma. Trauma does not have to be extreme to qualify as trauma - remember, someone who drowns in 2 feet of water is just as dead as someone who drowns in 7 feet of water, so if you feel your trauma wasn't big enough, yet you have chronic pain or symptoms, don't dismiss this and don't minimize your trauma. Chances are you don't remember your trauma if it is really hard to believe this, and that is okay too because it's the trapped emotions that need to be released and therefore, there is no need to relive the trauma in order to feel better.
Also known as Mindbody Syndrome, Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS), discovered by Dr. John E. Sarno, can take on many forms including the following;