Too often when one part of our bodies are feeling a certain way, another seems to be affected by it. It seems there could be a connection between them. It may be convenient to think of them as separate instances, and sometimes they are. For example, if we happen to stub our toe on a hard surface, it’ll mostly likely get bruised and turned black and blue. Then the stubbed toe might cause us to lose balance and fall, injuring our wrists in the process of breaking our fall. The only connection between our stubbed toe and injured wrist is the cause and effect connection.

The connection that we’ll be discussing here is that of a different type.

It has been theorized that there are connections between different parts of our bodies. These connections indicate which bodies parts influence each other and in what specific way. Typically, these connections form a direct relationship, meaning that a change in one body part will indicate a similar type of change in the corresponding part.

An example of one such connection is that between our muscles and our organs. There have been studies performed to test if this connection actually exists. But let’s say that such connections exists, what kind of relationship is it exactly? Why should it matter to us? Is it a hindrance (something to be careful of?) or something that we can take advantage of? Is there a connection between our body parts to anything else?

Before we answer these questions, let’s consider the example we mentioned and the evidence behind it: the connection between muscles and organs.

Study Performed On Muscle-Organ Relationship

With this talk about muscle and organ relationships, let’s consider some of proof.

In 2005, a study was performed to analyze the relationship between the pectoralis muscle and the parotid glands. For those of us that need a refresher in anatomy, the pectoralis muscle is a small section of our chest muscles that spans from the shoulder to the outer chest. It’s one of the muscles that connects our shoulders to the sides of the upper ribs. It contracts and relaxes to work with the surrounding muscles in promoting proper movement of the shoulder joint.

The parotid glands are located inside of our cheeks in front of our ears. They are the largest salivary glands in humans and its function is what its name implies, produce saliva. These glands sit slightly behind our teeth and secretes saliva into the mouth thru a tiny duct.woman-254133_640

In this study, two different methods were used to test this proposed connection. One was to have the subject lift the shoulder off of a table while they are lying down. Pressure is then applied to the shoulder toward the table to stretch the pectoralis minor muscle. The second method involves the subject lifting his arm straight out towards the front. While keeping the arm straight, the subject brings the arm across his body to form a 45 degree angle between his arm and body. Force is then applied to the arm to cause abduction, which pushes the arm towards the outside of the body.

The basic premise of both methods is to stimulate the pectoralis minor muscles so it contracts.

To avoid boring you with the details and anatomic explanations of how the study went, a relationship was found between the pectoralis muscle and the parotid glands¹. Stimulation of the glands was also performed to study the effects that has on the muscle. The effects verified the conclusion that a direct relationship exists between these parts of the body. I’ll explain what this means in a later section.

I’ve included the reference at the end of the article if you like to review the study. Have at it.

Cultural Practices

In eastern cultures, it’s much more common to find information about this topic. Acupuncture, Qi Gong, and other systems that studies and cultivates the connections inside the human body are much more widespread within the eastern cultures. These age-old systems has established the different connections that exists, the body parts involved, the methods to influence them, etc.

It’s a bit difficult (or sometimes very) for the scientific community to accept or even consider the validity of these practices. This is due to the lack of proof using the scientific method. But the absence of proof is not the proof of absence.

I’m not saying to put our faith in everything that may seem legit but flies in the face of science. There are plenty of scam artists out there and that’s actually part of the problem. They discredit others that are sincere and actually have something significant to give to the world. But back to the point.

These connections between the muscles and the organs are usually described as the muscle-meridian relationships. Although meridians are related to the topic of focus here, we’ll leave that subject out of this article because it can be a whole different article on its own.

There are many different connections between various organs and muscles. Below is a list of just a few of them.

Muscle GroupOrgan
Latissimus DorsiSpleen/Pancreas
QuadricepsSmall Intestine
HamstringsLarge Intestine

This may be a completely new concept to some of us, but these relationships between the muscle groups and the organs are well-established in the eastern cultures and eastern medicinal practices. This is in no way saying we should accept them based on that fact. Please feel free to do your own research to determine for yourself the validity of these concepts if you feel the need. There is much more to this topic than just what’s been stated here.

Personality-Organ Connection?

We’ve discussed the connection between the muscle groups and the organs. We’ve also went over a study in which the pectoralis muscle was found to have a connection to the parotid glands. The method of testing was simple since both the muscle and organ were able to be manipulated manually to observed and determine if a connection existed.

But what about the notion of our personality having a part in these connections? Is there a way to test the validity of this claim? Before we even consider if these connections exists or not, let’s consider the those specific connections involving our personality?

The Connection

According to Bob Cooley, an expert on biomechanical and flexibility who discovered the practice of resistance stretching has established this personality and organ connection through trial and error. With over two decades of experience, Bob has worked with thousands of clients including ex-Olympic athlete, Dara Torres. He has seen first hand the connection between an individual’s muscle groups, organs, personality as well.

The actual personality to organ connection as described by Bob Cooley is shown in the diagram below5:


The diagram also categorizes the different personality types into four different groups: Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Physical. That’s because no one person is strictly any one of the personality types only. All of us share the 16 personality types to a certain extent.

The fact that we may display some of these traits more than others simply means that we’re naturally strong in one area, or weaker in the other, or a combination of both.

Synergy- It All Goes Together

As you may figured out by now, there are three connections going on here. We have the muscle-organ connection, organ-personality connection, and the muscle-personality connection. These three connections all exhibits a direct relationship. What does that mean?

Remember the muscle-organ study that was mentioned earlier? The results from that study showed that the connection between organs and muscles also exhibit a direct relationship. This means that whatever influence is placed on an organ, the muscle will display an effect as if it was directly influenced as well. Simply put, if the organ gets healthier, so does the corresponding muscle, and vice versa.

As we discussed, we have three connections, so any change in one will affect the other two in a similar manner. It’s connect-20333_640obvious to see how these connections start to manifest themselves when we think about how our muscles may feel a certain way if one of our organs isn’t doing too well. Or maybe we’ve displayed a certain personality for a sustained period of time and the health of our organs reflects that of the personality.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that rarely, if ever, are any one of those connections affected independently of the others. In life, we are constantly undergoing different stimuli, which affects our muscles, organs, personality, and everything else related to us in all different ways. It’d be nearly impossible to limit the type of external influences on a certain part of our bodies or personality.

With that said, it may sound like it’s pointless to consider these connections. If just living life throws all kinds of different stimuli at us, resulting in different effects on our muscles, organs, and personality, then why not just let it happen? Why not just forget about this and let the chips fall where they may? Actually, there is a huge advantage in now knowing about these connections and relationships. But before I explain why, let’s consider how these connections also exist for other parts of our bodies.

Similarities Everywhere

The human body really is a unique work of art. Not only does it defend itself from dangerous bacteria and viruses, it also heal itself from sustained injuries and strengthens injured areas so to prevent future damage. It also shows signs of vibrant health or symptoms of illness in more ways than one.

These bodily connections have also been used in other disciplines of medical practice. Let’s consider a few of these.


In the field of dentistry, each tooth in the human mouth represents more than just the tooth itself. Just like the muscle-organ-personality connections, each tooth have a different connection with organs, which in turns affects our muscles and and other body parts as well. To better understand how in-depth these connections can be, consider the chart from Dr. Vinograd, DDS³.


You may have noticed that there are a lot more connections going on here than just the ones we’ve discussed. That’s because the whole body works together synergtically. Dentists, especially holistic dentists are all aware of the relationships that teeth has with the rest of the body.

Oftentimes, before looking at you teeth, experienced dentists can make accurate guesses of the health of your individual tooth just by getting answers from you regarding your general health and medical history. Or they may look at the general health of your teeth and can tell you some surprising things about the health of your organs, your diet, stress level, etc.

All of that is possible because of the direct relationships that exists between the different parts of our bodies.


Just one more example to drive the point home. Consider the following diagram of the human vertebrae and the organs associated with each disc4.


Needless to say, having a healthy spine overall will promote health in other parts of your body.

How To Take Advantage Of This

So there is a connection between our organs, muscles, vertebrae, and everything in between it seems. So what good does this do us? As said earlier, we’re bombarded with so many different stimuli that it just doesn’t seem to matter if we try to improve one area of our body or strengthen another. Our efforts will be negated somehow and it’s just a part of life. Or is it?

Let’s think of it like this. Now that we know how our organs, muscles, and personality all interact with each other, what do you think we can do differently now to strengthen a muscle group of interest? Sure we can still exercise that muscle group with strength or resistance training. But remember the section about the synergetic effect these connections promote?

digestion-303364_640Instead of simply focusing on only one end of the connection, we can take advantage of multiple connections and work on improving the other ends as well.

If we want to improve the health of our large intestines for example, we may clean up our eating habits and introduce some healthy long term supplements. In addition, we can strengthen our hamstrings and make sure they’re in healthy condition. This includes stretching them as well. Matter of fact, stretching the muscle groups, more specifically the fascia in that area, is one of the core elements of Bob Cooley’s resistance stretching program. I will be posting a review on his book very soon and the results you can expect from it.


This connections are not only great for improving the health of any one of our body parts or personality from multiple angles, they also show us if we’re on the right track or not.

Since the health and strength of each element is reflected on the other, we can use the associated personality, muscle, or organ to get feedback on the health of the element of interest to us. This is as simple as assessing if we feel our personality changing a certain way when we decide to strengthen the associated muscle group or improve the health of the associated organ.

It is often difficult to determine if a certain organ or muscle group is really getting healthier or stronger unless certain medical tests are conducted or exercises are performed. Even then the conditions in which they are performed under will have to be exactly the same as that of what we’re comparing it to. But by simply checking on the condition of the associated connections, we can see if our efforts are paying off. And what better feedback system do we have than our own bodies?

Patience Is Our Friend

Having this knowledge doesn’t mean that we’ll become superhumans overnight. These connections are our bodies natural way of function, and just like anything else that’s naturally occurring, it takes time. Natural athletes need more time to get the same results than one that’s on PEDs. Our bodies natural way of healing requires more time than if surgery or medication is involved.youth-570881_640

This is in no way a stab at surgery or medicinal practice. I firmly believe they have their place. I’m simply making the point that having patience is the key to seeing success when utilizing these connections for improving our health.

So have you ever experienced these connections before? Maybe you’ve taken notice in the past how some of these were related in your case? If so, please share your experiences in the comments below!

Stay healthy,




  1. Uzel, A.-P., R. Bertino, P. Caix, and P. Boileau. “Bilateral Variation of the Pectoralis Minor Muscle Discovered during Practical Dissection.” Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy Surg Radiol Anat 30.8 (2008): 679-82. Web.
  2. Cooley, Robert. “Resistance Stretching by Bob Cooley.” The Genius of Flexibility Blog. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 June 2016.
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I've just started getting serious about health and fitness around 2014. Since then I've learned the insider info on how to optimize athletic performance and healthy living through both nutrition and proper training. The most important thing I've discovered however, is the connection between the mindset of those that excel in athletics, and those that succeed in their life pursuits. I've spent the last couple years observing and drawing these connections and similarities, finally created a platform to share with you all what I've found, and how to apply them in your own life to get similar results.

10 thoughts on “Personality And Organ Connection- Quackery Or Legit?

  1. Hi there.
    I am absolutely blown away with this article.I have learnt such interesting things here.

    What particularly interests me, is the association between muscle, organs and personality traits.

    I am a pharmacist by profession,and having said that, I too believe that there is a place for science and for natural therapy.

    I personally, love to take the natural route first as I believe our bodies are capable of natural healing. This is why I love your article and can’t wait to check out that book of Bob’s.

    I think if one could have a ‘reference chart’ or ‘info graphic’ of some kind shows the relations between all the fundamental connections, you outlined here, it would help tons of folks.
    What do you think?

    1. Roopesh,

      I’m glad you found this article informative!

      I agree that having reference charts are nice. The fact is that there are so many connections in our bodies that no one chart can really capture it all! I’ve only touched on the tip of the iceberg here with this article. There are relationships between the meridians as I mentioned briefly, and that is another concept on its own.

      But I’m really happy that as a pharmacist you are open to different viewpoints on bodily functions and health. I think science and natural therapy can do great things together!


  2. I’m really glad that I came across this site! I love the stretching chart and I will be using it. This is such an important topic with obesity being an epidemic in our country. If more people had this information it would help solve the problem. I have found that as I grow older I need to pay more attention to my health. I will be checking your site regularly.

    1. Scott,

      Thanks for visiting! I’m hoping this will reach more people as well since like you said, the health of this country and that of most industrialized countries in general can be better, much better.

      There will be much more info coming so stay tuned!


  3. Hi Wing,

    Interesting article to say the least. I’m glad you cited the source of the study at the of the article, the study you mentioned early in the article.

    I hope that someday eastern and western medicine will merge and exploit the the best of both. I realize some are doing that already. In many ways it seems to be more of a competition.

    I’m always interested in health as it applies to spiritual, emotional, physical and more. I like that you presented the different facets of health.

    For as in depth as your article is, may I suggest you spend some time editing for syntax and grammar issues. There are quite a few within the article that is otherwise very well written.

    Keep up the good work.

    1. Bob,

      Thank you for the kind words. I too am hoping that there will no longer be “eastern” or “western” medicine, but simply a best practice of medicine and healthy living.

      Thank you for the suggestion, I will definitely spend time editing this piece and all others. It was published around 3 am yesterday and my proofreading wasn’t on point at that time haha.


  4. Hey, Wing!
    Thank you for the very thorough and educating article. I have always perceived my body as one unit where each part is connected to each other, and what I do always emphasize – that everything starts in our head. I do believe that all of our sicknesses start in our heads. This is result of stress, disappointment, any negative feelings and etc – all of this leads to us being nervous and feeling bad, and it in its turn results in certain sicknesses.

    1. Arta,

      You are correct. The body in essence is really a single integrated unit. Anything that happens to one part affects the rest of the body in like fashion. The mind definitely plays a big role in our health. Thanks for sharing!


  5. Hello Wing, what a fabulous article!
    I just wanted to comment and say that this is so well written about such a complicated subject matter and you have made it very easy to read.
    I am a nurse so am science based but have always understood the relationship between the organs and muscles. The personality relationship is a bit harder to follow though. If you are really in tune with your body, would you be able to tell easily if something is wrong somewhere just by a subtle personality shift?
    I have seen that vertebrae poster in my chiropractor’s office. That is also a connection i understand and respect. I go to the chiro regularly for all over body health and also practice yoga.
    Thanks for such an in depth analysis!

    1. Kris,

      Thank you and I’m glad you enjoyed the article!

      Regards to your question, the personality shifts are supposedly subtle, but more noticeable by others at first according to Bob Cooley. I personally have experienced something of the same nature where others have told me I was exhibiting more of a certain quality than before. And it correlated to me doing stretching and strength building a certain muscle group.

      Yes, I go to the chiro regularly as well. Ever since my chiro treated my back, I’ve been going for maintenance and it’s made me feel so much better.


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