The hidden emotions causing your low back pain 

 October 3, 2018

We generally associate low back pain with lifting, bending, or too much sitting. While these physical activities can definitely contribute to low back pain, there are specific emotions, beliefs, and organs related to the low back as well. If your low back pain won’t go away, or keeps returning, perhaps it’s time to dig a bit deeper and uncover other messages your body is sending you.


All physical pain and dis-ease has underlying emotional factors and beliefs associated with it. Our thoughts are energy and vibration just as our physical body is. We are often unaware of our deep seated beliefs and we tend to suppress emotions. Over time, these beliefs and emotions show up in the physical body as a way to communicate with us that healing is needed. Pay attention to the signals your body is sending you, and you can find lasting relief from your low back pain!

Let’s look at the types of energies that can contribute to low back pain.

Did your back give out?

The words and phrases we use in society to describe low back pain can give some insight into underlying issues and beliefs.

Structurally, there are 5 lumbar vertebrae, and these bones are relatively quite large. The lumbar spine (low back) provides a lot of support. 

The back and abdominal muscles, when sufficiently strong, also provide quite a bit of support to the body, help to transfer energy between the upper and lower limbs, and support the internal organs.

People often say that their back “went out,” or “gave out.” This would indicate that we feel like there is a loss of support of some kind. It could also mean that the load was too heavy, and couldn’t be supported any more.

Low back pain and finances

Two fantastic resources for understanding possible underlying feelings and beliefs that contribute to low back pain are Feelings Buried Alive Never Die, by Karol K. Truman, and You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay. (Learn more about these books.) Both authors have a list of emotions and beliefs that can be contributing to your lower back pain.

Possible feelings causing your lower back pain:

  • lack of financial support
  • fear where money is concerned
  • wanting to back out of something
  • running away from a situation

The back of the body is important here because that adds some additional insight into our feelings. Generally, pain on the back side relate to things we don’t want to address, things we want to get away from, or things from our past.

How do you know what's true for you?

As you read the list above, did you have a sudden a-ha moment, or did something click for you, or come to your mind? That immediate response is a sure way to know something is true for you! If nothing came immediately, read through the list slowly, one item at a time, and notice what you feel in your body, or what comes to mind.

It’s critical to have an open mind for this process. If you decide beforehand that this is silly, you won’t be able to hear or feel the indications of truth.

You can also take a look at your current situations regarding money and things you’re involved in that perhaps you no longer want to be a part of. Journaling, or free writing, your thoughts and feelings is very helpful.

Low back pain and the kidneys

If you’ve ever had a kidney infection, you know that kidney pain can mimic low back pain, and can be very painful!

Physically, the kidneys are part of the low back, sitting at the upper part of the lumbar spine (L1-L3) and extending a bit higher, into the lower thoracic spine as well.

There is a physical relationship already with the kidneys and the low back. But there are energetic ties as well.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), anything that causes the kidneys to be imbalanced has the potential to cause low back pain. The kidneys are actually considered to be the seat and storehouse for our primary life force energy (chi, or qi), and are strongly influenced by the foods we eat.

Food and lifestyle causes of kidney imbalance:

  • caffeine (coffee and soda especially) (caffeine stimulates the fight or flight response)
  • junk food/processed foods (draining for our life force)
  • anxiety and fear, especially chronic
  • too much sex (drains the life force energy)
  • not enough fresh air, shallow breathing
  • dehydration (drink at least 8 glasses of water a day!)

Dr. Bradley Nelson, who created The Body Code and The Emotion Code, is a chiropractor. When he saw patients in his clinic, almost all of them who had low back pain felt better when they quit drinking coffee.

Get rid of your low back pain

Physical exercise, especially walking, and strengthening for the core, will help relieve back pain and will prevent future injuries.

In addition, take an inventory of your life based on the emotional factors, and food and lifestyle factors listed above. Set aside some time, get quiet, have pen and paper handy, and open your heart and mind. Ask questions, tune in to your body and spirit, and allow yourself to feel and hear what comes. Want more guidance? Book an energy healing session with me.

Create an image or statement of belief about what you want, and focus on that at least twice a day. Every hour or so is even better. For example, if you discover that your low back pain is partly due to a fear of being broke, create an affirmation of, “I always have enough money for all of my needs.” Repeat it throughout the day. Stand in front of the mirror and look yourself in the eye as you say it, 10 times in the left eye and 10 times in the right eye.

Eventually, by acknowledging the emotions and negative beliefs and focusing on what you want, you will heal the deeper wounds behind your low back pain.

Low back pain, emotions, and your kidneys

  • Physical causes of back pain are just the surface of the underlying issue.
  • Emotional issues and beliefs that can contribute to back pain revolve around finances, fear related to money, and wanting to back out of a situation.
  • If your kidneys are unhappy due to food and lifestyle habits, they can cause low back pain, too.

What comes up for you when you dig into the deeper issues behind your low back pain?

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About the author

Jen Bessire, PhD, is a Christian medium, author, and healer. After 23 years as a physical therapist, God called her to her current path in 2014. She delights in helping others come unto Christ, heal generational trauma, and create a life of freedom. God is calling you - are you listening?

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