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Academic Studies On The Relationship Between Stress, Trauma, And Chronic Health Conditions

Posted by Liz Tenuto on

When your hips feel tight, the root cause is often stored trauma that's stuck on your body.

Your hips are the storehouse for trauma and unprocessed emotions within your body. This is primarily due to body's physiological survival response. 

When you experience trauma, your psoas muscle contracts and stays contracted until you manually release it. The psoas is a large, deep muscle in your body that connects your diaphragm to you hip joint. 

You can release your psoas muscle at home with somatic exercises. (I teach 3 ways to do this in my Free Your Hips course).

Your adrenal glands also kick into overdrive as a response to trauma as well, pumping your body full of adrenaline. Your adrenal glands are located along your psoas muscle. 

And then, there are neuropeptides, which are chemical signals that connect your emotions to your muscles, gut, and heart. This accounts for how trauma and unprocessed emotions get stored (and stuck) in your body. 

Here are the top academic studies, articles, and books that dive into the relationship between hip tension, stored trauma, and physical / mental health conditions for your reference:

1. How emotions get stored in your body (academic study)

2. Pain and PTSD (academic study)

3. The psychobiology of post-traumatic stress (academic study)

4. Leading Neurologist on the connection between the emotions and the body (several academic studies)

5. Past trauma may haunt your future health (Harvard article)

6. Hips and trauma (article)

7. How unprocessed trauma is stored in your body (article)

8. The surprising connection between your hips and your emotions (article)

9. Stored trauma in the body (academic study)

10. The Psoas Book (book)

11. Your Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind, Body In The Healing Of Trauma (book)

12. Waking The Tiger: Healing Trauma (book)

13. Lifting Heavy Things: Healing Trauma One Rep At A Time (book)

14. The Molecules Of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine (book)

15. My Body Keeps Your Secrets (book)

16. Move: How The New Science Of Body Movement Can Set Your Mind Free (book)

17. Why rocking is heals (academic study)

18. How rocking can help you heal (article)

19. Rocking and substance abuse healing  (article) 

20. The link between your emotions, mind, and health (article)

21. Inflammation and PTSD (academic study)

22. The Relationship Between Psychological Factors and Weight Gain (academic study) 

23. Weight Can't Be Tackled Until We Address The Trauma That Causes It (article) 

24. The Weight Of Traumatic Stress: PTSD and Weight In Women (academic study) 

25. The Myth Of Normal: Trauma, Illness, And Healing In A Toxic Culture (book by Dr. Gabor Mate)

26. The Best Way To Treat Long-Term Back Pain Is Through Therapeutic Techniques, Not Pills  (academic study)

27. How Stress Causes Weight Gain in Your Stomach (academic study) 

28. Stress May Cause Excess Abdominal Fat (Yale article)

29. What Is Cortisol Belly? (academic study)

30. I Have All The Symptoms Of High Cortisol, Why Do My Cortisol Test Results Come Back Normal? (video by the International Autoimmune Institute & Bingham Memorial Center for Functional Medicine) 

31. Can PTSD Cause Hypothyroidism? (article)

32. The connection between PTSD, autoimmune disease, and Hashimoto’s (article)

33. Did childhood trauma play a role in your Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism? (article)

34. Thyroid Stimulating Exercises That Work For Your Thyroid Gland (article)

35. Exploring The Aspect of Psychosomatics in Hypothyroidism (academic study)

36. Hiding Behind Weight: The Correlation between Childhood Sexual Abuse and Obesity (article)

37. The association between childhood trauma and overweight and obesity in young adults: the mediating role of food addiction (academic study)

38. Past trauma, stress and weight gain (article)

39. Stages of Adrenal Fatigue (article)

40. The 3 Stages of Adrenal Fatigue & How to Recognize Them (article)

41. Fight Adrenal Fatigue: 15 Steps to Combat Adrenal Fatigue (article)

42. Cause of Moon Face (article)

43. What Are the Causes of Moon Face? (article)

44. Conditions Related to Moon Facies (article)

45. Cortisol & Moon Face (article)

46. Completing Our Body's Stress Response Cycle (article)

47. Physical Activity To Complete the Stress Cycle (article)

48. How Movement Closes the Stress Cycle (article)

49. Managing Stress With Exercise & Movement (article)

50. The Benefits Of Exercise For Mental Health (article)

51. How Sexual Trauma Prevents Weight Loss (article)

52. Childhood Sexual Abuse, Emotional Eating & Weight Loss (article)

53. Childhood trauma could lead to adult obesity (academic study)

54. Why Physical Activity is Important to People with Dissociative Disorders (article)

55. Effects of Exercise Training on the Autonomic Nervous System with a Focus on Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidants Effects (academic study)

56. Stress Responses: Fight, Flight, Freeze (article)

57. Dealing with the Overwhelm: Chronic Freeze and Depression (article)

58. How Movement Therapy Can Heal Traumatic Stress (article)

59. Depression and anxiety: Exercise eases symptoms (article)

60. Exercise is an all-natural treatment to fight depression (article)

61. The Benefits of Exercise for the Clinically Depressed (academic study)

62. The best treatment for depression? It could be exercise. (article)

63. Physical activity in the prevention and treatment of anxiety and depression (academic study)

64. Exercise as a treatment for depression: A meta-analysis (academic study)

65. The 4 Stages of Adrenal Fatigue (article)

66. Recognizing the Stages of Adrenal Fatigue (article)

67. Physical health problems common in ADHD (article)

68. How does ADHD Affect the Brain? (article)

69. Understanding Hypersensitivity in ADHD (article)

70. 8 Devastating Physical Consequences of ADD (article)

71. Mapping phenotypic and aetiological associations between ADHD and physical conditions in adulthood in Sweden: a genetically informed register study (academic study)

72. ADHD Increases Your Risk for These Physical Conditions (article)

73. Adult ADHD Is Linked to Numerous Physical Conditions (article)

74. Is it ADHD or Trauma? (article)

75. How does ADHD Affect the Brain? (article)

76. Childhood trauma: A factor for increased risk of major depression in psoriatic patients (academic study)

77. Childhood trauma and resilience in psoriatic patients: A preliminary report
(academic study)

78. The Link Between Autoimmune Diseases and PTSD (article)

79. Childhood Trauma and Psychosocial Stress Affect Treatment Outcome in Patients With Psoriasis Starting a New Treatment Episode (academic study)

80. The association between childhood trauma and overweight and obesity in young adults: the mediating role of food addiction (academic study)

81. Childhood trauma: a risk for major depression in patients with psoriasis (academic study)

82. The Vicious Cycle Between Psoriasis and Mental Health  (article)

83. Five reasons why stress and perimenopause are an issue (article)

84. Can Stress Cause Early Menopause? (article)

85. Can Stress Cause Early Menopause? (article)

86. Mood Changes During Perimenopause Are Real. Here’s What to Know. (article)

87. A History of Stressors and Childhood Trauma May Predict Worse Menopausal Symptoms and Well-Being (article)

88. Intergenerational abuse, childhood violence may cause earlier onset of menopause (article)

89. What does the Vagus Nerve have to do with Menopause? (article)

90. The Vagus Nerve And Perimenopause And Menopause (article)

91. Completing Our Body's Stress Response Cycle (article)

92. 7 Strategies to Complete the Stress Cycle (article)

93. Eight simple ways to close a stress cycle, according to experts (article)

94. Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress (article)

95. The Benefits Of Exercise for Mental Health (article)

96. How Sexual Trauma Prevents Weight Loss (article)

97. Childhood Sexual Abuse, Emotional Eating & Weight Loss (article)

98. Childhood trauma could lead to adult obesity (academic study)

99. Hiding Behind Weight: The Correlation between Childhood Sexual Abuse and Obesity (article)

100. Does Risk for Anxiety Increase During the Menopausal Transition? Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN) (academic study)

101. Autonomic Nervous System Activity and Menopausal Symptoms (academic study)

102. Intergenerational abuse, childhood violence may cause earlier onset of menopause (academic study)

103. Trauma and Stress in Teen Years Increases Risk of Depression During Menopause, Penn Study Shows (academic study)

104. Posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and timing of menopause and gynecological surgery in the Nurses' Health Study II (academic study)

105. The Association between Stress Level in Daily Life and Age at Natural Menopause in Korean Women: Outcomes of the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in 2010-2012 (academic study)

106. Understanding the experiences of anger in the onset and progression of psoriasis: A thematic analysis (academic study)

107. Starting A New Habit With Exercise (article)

108. 7 Favorite Fitness Tips for Adults With ADHD (article)

109. How to Workout Consistently When You Have ADHD (article)

110. Exercise is Good For an ADHD Brain (article)

111. Mindful Eating, ADHD and Nutrition (article)

112. The Impact of Skipping Meals on ADHD Symptoms and How to Overcome It 

113. “That’s because of ADHD too?!” The links between ADHD and disordered eating, explained. (article)

114. Does ADHD Affect Hunger? (article)

115. ADHD and tiredness: What to know (article)

116. ADHD burnout: 3 big reasons why you're always exhausted (article)

117. ADHD and Chronic Fatigue (article)

118. Nightmares and flashbacks (article)

119. The Relationship Between Trauma, Sleep, And Dreams (article)

120. Past Trauma: 5 Tips for Coping with Nightmares and Sleep Problems (article)

121. The Relationship Between Trauma, Sleep, And Dreams (article)

122. How to Manage Trauma-Related Nightmares (article)

123. Nightmares and the Brain (article)

124. Nightmares After Trauma (article)

125. How Trauma Affects Dreams (article)

126. PCOS and Pelvic Health for Women (academic study)

127. PCOS and Childhood Trauma (academic study) 

128. PCOS and Childhood Trauma (article)

129. The Connection Between PCOS and Childhood Neglect Or Abuse (academic study)

130. Is PCOS From Trauma? (article)

131. Where is grief stored in the body? (article)

132. 12 Places Body Stores Stress And How It Affects You (article)

133. What To Do When You’re (Literally) Sick With Grief (article)

134. Physical Symptoms Of Grief: Fatigue (article)

135. Physical Symptoms Of Grief: Sleep Issues (article)

136. Physical Symptoms Of Grief: Gut Health (article)

137. Physical Symptoms Of Grief: Headaches & Muscle Aches (article)

138. Physical Symptoms Of Grief: Weakened Immunity (article)

139. Physical Symptoms Of Grief: Heart Palpitations & Heart Issues (article)

140. Physical Symptoms Of Grief: Heart Palpitations & Heart Issues (article)

141. Physical Symptoms Of Grief: Sensory Sensitivity (article)

142. Physical Symptoms Of Grief: Breathing Difficulties (article)

143. Physical Symptoms Of Grief: Sexual Changes (article)

144. Your Favorite Sleep Position Could Say a Lot about You (article)

145. What Your Sleep Position Says About You (article)

146. What Your Sleep Position Means (article)

147. The Way You Sleep Says a Lot about Your Personality. Strange, but True! (article)

148. What your Sleeping Position Says about You (article)

149. Your Sleep Position Affects Much More Than You Think (article)

150. What Does Your Sleeping Position Say About Your Personality and Health (article)

151. The Connection Between High Cortisol And Strep Throat (academic study) 

152. What are cold water immersion benefits, risks as more people take the plunge (article)

153. Do cold plunges have benefits for physical and mental health? What to know (article)

154. Repetitive negative thinking eases headaches temporarily but worsens them in the long term (article)

155. What can cause Sciatica to flare up? (article)


157. The effect of Emotions on Gut Health (article)

158. Muscle Knots in the Neck: Tips from Physical Therapists to Feel Better (article)

159. Everything You Need to Know About the Throat Chakra (article)

160. Bruxism (article)

161. 8 Ways Our Feet and Legs Reveal Our Emotions (article)

162. Emotional processing and its relationship to chronic low back pain: results from a case-control study (academic study)

163. Meditation May Aggravate Trauma (article)

164. Accessing The Healing Power Of The Vagus Nerve: Self-Help Exercises For Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, And Autism (book by Stanley Rosenberg)

165. Why Meditation Is Difficult When You Are Depressed  And What To Try Instead (article)


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