Thousands of years ago, ancient physicians were astute observers of the human body. They determined that people whose lives were dominated by a certain emotion would have corresponding physical ailments. For example, people whose lives were ruled by anger seemed to suffer from liver and gallbladder trouble. People who dealt with excess grief would often suffer from lung or colon trouble. Fearful people seemed to have kidney and bladder problems. Eventually, they established a correlation between various emotions and organs of the body.

The connection between emotions and physical health is among ancient discoveries increasingly studied and verified by modern science. One review, for instance, looked at “emotionally linked complaints and disorders,” from hypertension and chest pain to digestive, respiratory, and rheumatological problems such as fibromyalgia and chronic pain. It concluded “emotional and physical health is [sic] directly and reciprocally related to one another.” In another study, researchers looked at Personal Health Records (PHRs) to determine the connection between fatigue (emotional exhaustion) and pain. Their findings suggest “the mind and body interact instantaneously.”

These findings should come as good news to our society and medical system burdened with costly invasive treatments, drugs, and problems such as opioid addiction, because they point to the promise of alternative, holistic modalities for improving health and wellness. These modalities stress the importance of identifying underlying problems which affect our health and well-being.

I worked in a brick-and-mortar chiropractic practice for 17 years. For the last 10 of those years, I specialized in treating people suffering from conditions deemed incurable by conventional medicine. My patients included people suffering from conditions such as fibromyalgia, fatigue, lupus, and other chronic illnesses. I found that the biggest thing all those patients had in common was their “emotional baggage,” a phenomenon I call “Trapped Emotions.” Simply put, the emotional events from their lives seemed stuck within them, potentially manifesting through different types of discomfort and distress.

The idea that imbalances contribute to physical discomfort and dysfunction is another tenet of ancient healing. From my experience working with patients and training energy healing practitioners around the world, I have come to believe that Trapped Emotions are implicated in most of the health problems people face.

I define Trapped Emotions as energies from difficult and traumatic events that may become lodged in the body, distorting the normal energy field of the body and creating all kinds of physical and emotional distress. I believe Trapped Emotions can interact with other imbalances that may also harm health and wellness, including:

1. Infections/Infestations

Infections – including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and mold – are the number one killer worldwide. Literally millions of people die every year from infection. Infestation refers to parasitic infestation. There are many different varieties of parasites, and few of those ever show up on a medical test. I believe Trapped Emotions may weaken the immune system, making the body more susceptible to infections and infestations.

2. Structural Misalignment (Subluxation)

The brain and spinal cord are connected to all the organs of the body via spinal nerves. When a spinal vertebra becomes misaligned, it puts pressure on the nerve that it houses instead of protecting it. This creates poor communication between the brain and organ, and vice versa. Poor nerve transmission and reduced communications can result in poor organ health and, eventually, illness. Trapped Emotions and their energies may contribute to subluxation, while releasing them can often help to correct a misalignment or subluxation.

3. Nutritional Deficiencies

Most people have nutritional deficiencies, mainly because we don’t eat the way we should, and because many of our crops are grown in depleted soils requiring chemical fertilizers. Trapped Emotions may make it more difficult for the body to absorb nutrients, leading to deficiencies.

4. Toxicity

Toxicity from heavy metals, industrial waste, and radiation is a new phenomenon worldwide. The average person takes in about 14 pounds of toxins per year in the form of food additives, humectants, preservatives, and food coloring. Toxins can be eliminated from the body; however, I believe Trapped Emotions and other energetic imbalances can make detoxifying more difficult.

5. Energy Field Imbalances

The energetic body is highly organized. When you are born, you already have this highly organized energy body inside of you, and it is divided up into circuits and chakras. The circuits in your body are similar to the fuses in a house – only in your body, certain organs and certain muscles are on the same circuit. For instance, if you have a problem with your right knee, it may be due to imbalance in your gall bladder, because the right knee muscles are on the same circuit as the gall bladder. Likewise, if you have trouble in your left knee, it could be originating from a problem in your adrenal glands, because these are on the same circuit. We have seen numerous instances where correcting imbalances in the body’s energy field led to an immediate reduction in discomfort.

6. Trapped Emotions

As noted, Trapped Emotions may interact with other imbalances to adversely affect health and well-being. Trapped Emotions can occur at any age and they can even be inherited. From my experience, I believe they contribute to many chronic health and emotional problems, from unexplained discomfort to unrelenting anxiety, sadness, and worry.

Trapped Emotions are hard to shake and can color your entire experience of life. For instance, if you have a trapped emotion of anger, you might find that you become angry much more readily than you otherwise would, because part of you is already vibrating at that frequency.

The energetic side of our nature is only now beginning to be explored by modern science. After much experience gained from clinical practice, I am convinced that the ancient physicians were right: that the connection between our physical bodies and our emotions is real and more powerful than we can imagine. The good news, I believe, is that we can enjoy improved wellness, happiness, and relationships when we take time to understand and correct these underlying imbalances.

Author's Bio: 

About the Author: Veteran holistic physician Dr. Bradley Nelson (D.C., ret) is one of the world’s foremost experts on natural methods of achieving wellness. He has trained thousands of certified practitioners worldwide to help people overcome physical and emotional discomfort by releasing their emotional baggage. His best-selling book "The Emotion Code" provides step-by-step instructions for working with the body's energy healing power. A newly revised and expanded edition of "The Emotion Code" is now available (May 2019, St. Martin's Press). For more information and a free Emotion Code Starter Kit, visit