Pain is something everyone will have to deal with at some point in their life. Sometimes it’s minor and sometimes it’s major. Pain is as much a part of life as anything else we experience. But what exactly is pain? And how is pain beneficial to us? This week, we will discuss what pain is and the purpose it serves in protecting our bodies from further damage.
What is pain?
Pain is the body’s natural reaction and means of communicating that something has gone wrong. When we feel pain, our body begins sending signals to the brain to notify it of the issue the body is having. Neuroreceptors process the “pain” signal to the brain and it naturally creates a signal of “this needs attention”. The strength of the signal that is sent is determined by the level and intensity of pain that is felt.
How should you treat pain?
There is a major misconception that using medication to treat pain is the best way to rid the body of pain symptoms. In reality, medication only temporarily blocks the pain receptors from sending or receiving the pain signals. This means the pain medication isn’t actually fixing the problem, it is simply masking the symptoms. It’s becomming very common for automobile accident victims that are suffering from pain to be prescribed narcotics to temporarily relive their pain sysmptoms, and while this may be effective in the short-term, it only leads to more and more drug use at higher dosages later on. Taking pain medication on a regular basis is very hard on the human body, and can cause some serious long-term issues with major organs like the liver, stomach, lungs, and pancreas. Thus, the use of pain medication to treat pain symptoms does nothing but eventually lead to a decreased quality of life.
So what should you do to treat pain symptoms? The true solution lies in the mechanics of how the body works to be a self-healing mechanism. With the assistance of a licensed and trained chiropractor, you can take advantage of the body’s natural ability to heal itself and relieve pain symptoms long-term. The science behind chiropractic care dates back to 1895, when David Palmer allegedly was able to restore a patient’s hearing with nothing more than a chiropractic adjustment. After that, the practice of chiropractic care quickly became a widespread alternative treatment method for many health issues.
How chiropractic care aides the body’s natural healing process
Chiropractic methods involve the body’s own natural healing process by adjusting the bones back to their natural state and releasing certain toxins that build up in the tissues between the bones. When done correctly, a good chiropractor can relieve some major issues that a large majority of people struggle with every day. For example, migraine headaches, depression, anxiety, stiffness, soreness, muscles or joint pain, weakening of the bones, and even poor posture. The benefits to having a good chiropractor are virtually endless and resolve some of the toughest pain problems sufferers undergo every day.