Are you one of the countless thousands of people in our community that suffer from pain on a daily basis? Whether it be low back or neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, migraines, or other neuromusculoskeletal problems, pain is always due to nerve irritation at some level in the body. When nerves are irritated, they send messages that are interpreted by the brain as different types of pain – burning, dull & aching, throbbing, sharp etc. It’s the body’s way of bringing conscious awareness to an underlying health problem. Many irritations aren’t felt until a certain pain threshold is reached, meaning that damage is being done under the radar. When this threshold is reached, the “fire alarm” starts ringing and the pain ensues.
This is a very important fact to understand. When pain finally happens, damage has already been done! A disease process is already established and underway. When the pain from a tooth cavity starts bothering you, do you think the problem began exactly when the pain did? Or was it the months or years of decay that caused the cavity? It’s no different in the neck, back, or any other part of your body.
A previous blog post highlighted the shocking statistics on how many pain-killing medications are being prescribed and consumed as a first line of defence against pain. Simply masking the symptoms in our body by popping pain tablets only serves to perpetuate the problem and is no different than disengaging the fire alarm and letting the fire rage on!. Only by searching for and correcting the true underlying cause of the pain can the damage be stopped and the road to recovery begin. It’s a shame that our society is quickly becoming disillusioned by the quick-fix, tablet-prescribing, “mask the symptom” mentality. That’s not healthcare. That’s SICKcare, and it allows for greater suffering in the long run. This week at at Total Health Chiropractic Clinic as part of our “ANTI-PAIN CAMPAIGN” we are helping those pain sufferers who want to stop taking pain medication, get to the source of their pain and start living healthier lives.