Visceromotor and Viscerosomatic Referred Pain Syndromes

Often people present with symptoms that are related to another part of the body referring pain as a result of one or more organs (viscera) in distress, attempting to tell us we have over loaded them.  Viscera each have a specific function to perform in order to keep the entire system alive. Each organ has certain criteria in order to continue functioning in harmony with the rest of our systems (oxygen, nutrition, elimination). Viscera can be over stressed by:  Foods, Nutritional starving, Chemicals (drugs), emotions, changes in the neural flow (transmission of neural impulse) or subluxation , Physiological needs not met, other organs not being able to perform their tasks which then over taxes related organs. When we over load an organ we can create a Viscermotor reflex or a Viscerosomatic Reflex.

Viscermotor Reflex: A Viscera (organ) is irritated/overloaded and a sensory signal is transmitted from the organ back to the central Nervous System (the spine). This sensory signal if important or intense enough will synapse and go to the brain to tell us we hurt (ie., stomachache) . In this case, we feel pain at the site of the affected organ. If the signal of alarm from the organ is not at a high enough threshold, it will synapse as it enters the spinal cord and travel through the internuncial nerves to the anterior cord and synapse with a motor nerve that continues the transmission of neural impulse  to a spinal muscle. We feel a muscle knot/tension near the cord level develop and this causes a subluxation of the related vertebrae. These are the knots along the vertebrae and over time contribute to what is called Fibromyalgia. Lots of people get their backs adjusted as a result of this complex.

Viscerosomatic Reflex:  This is caused by the same influences listed above as well as self imposed stressors. In this type of reflex, an organ is stressed and it sends its sensory signal to the cord and it synapses with a sensory nerve (rather than a motor nerve) which creates pain in a body part that appears unrelated to the viscera. For example:  the heart causes pain in the left arm, neck and even into the face.

Applied Kinesiology:  Each organ has a relationship to one or more muscles.  This means when an organ is in a stressed state (causes above) it affects the related muscle. Often times the muscle is weakened and because its neural connection is decreased the joints it stabilizes are at affect and this can contribute to joint symptoms, loss of function and or injury.


Foods in excess (ie., chocolate/cheese melted/fried food  can over stimulate  the Gall Bladder) causing referred pain to the right shoulder, mid-upper back, neck, headaches, tooth pain, lower back , knee and foot pain.

However, Emotions buried alive (See the Book, Feelings Buried Alive Never Die) over time can stimulate and pre-set the neural transmission to a specific organ such that a food that would not normally aggravate the organ now sets off the referred pain signal.  Trigger for Gall Bladder would be Anger or resentment.

Subluxations change the neural transmission (on to much or shut down) such that the function of the organ is set up to react more readily or not perform and stress cohort organs  as mentioned in regard to food or emotions.

Isn’t it amazing with all the possible irritants to living, that we do continue to live and move…We could learn to take better care of ourselves and reconnect to the power of LIFE that motivates, animates and directs our cells. The choice is ours and I am available to assist you in Reconnecting to that Power of LIFE….

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