Hello! I have decided to give this a shot after 4 different people said variations of, "There's this book about back pain being emotional by John something or other." I am a powerlifter and olympic lifter. I am a wife and I am a mother of a 7 year old. I got into shape after back problems in my twenties and I hadn't had a problem since. But I have had a tough year. I was the victim of a violent crime in January and I am dealing with that trauma and I have had a number of problems in my personal relationships. Two weeks ago Tuesday I had all my pain, rage, shame, and anger buttons pushed in a horrendous conversation and I swallowed it. Within an hour I had the beginning of sciatica. I am nervous to stop PT and acupuncture all together. I see an acupuncturist regularly to help manage my stress. I have some PTSD symptoms and a lot on my plate. Emotionally speaking, this has been a terrible year. But I am going to give this a shot because I notice that every time I start to release the muscles that give me pain, I cry about very my Tuesday incident. I have been saying all along that the pain is real but the cause is emotional. I do find that acupuncture and massage allow me the space to tap into those feelings and cry. I need to do a lot of crying. I will attempt to resume normal activities tomorrow. Not the weightlifting. But the living.