The Plus Side of Pain

Pain is something many people encounter at some point in their life, and for various reasons. While we usually tend to view it as an inconvenience (which it very well can be at times), did you know it is actually a good thing? It isn’t something you should aim for, but rather feel grateful your body has ways of telling you when something is wrong.

Imagine driving your car down the road. The check engine light comes on. You think,”Just a little further. I’m almost to my destination and will get it looked at later.” The light is a constant reminder each time you get in your car until you finally schedule an appointment with an auto mechanic to get it looked at. What if you had just covered up the light and ignored it? By getting it addressed by an expert shortly after your car displayed a warning sign, you were able to head off major problems down the road, which may have lead to you needing major expensive repairs, or the worst case, a new car.

Our bodies tend to work in a parallel manner. When something is wrong, our bodies are smart enough to tell us we need to slow down and evaluate what is going on. How awesome is that?! Sometimes (okay, fairly often) we are stubborn and refuse to listen to our bodies and get help. Instead, we push through the symptoms, possibly covering them up in various ways. These cover ups don’t address the problem causing the pain in the first place, but rather put off seeking correction of the issue. Unfortunately, we are not like cars. You cannot get a new body. Treat it well! This is the only one you’re given and it cannot be traded in. Furthermore, if you think major car repairs are expensive, you’d probably prefer avoiding a trip to the hospital.

Sometimes pain or other related symptoms are caused by problems you can identify yourself and simply need you to alter your habits or give your body a break and get some rest. Are you properly fueling and hydrating it?  Other times, or if symptoms persist when you try to identify the problem yourself, you need the help of an expert to identify the cause and correct it. Chiropractors are experts in seeking out the cause of issues and addressing those, rather than simply focusing on relieving the resulting symptom. Pain relief is a nice side effect, but our focus is actually on better body function and resulting obtainment of your health goals. In fact, many people seek out chiropractic care to feel and function well, rather than simply to feel “less bad”.

The next time you’re feeling any discomfort, think of what your body is trying to tell you and listen to it rather than ignoring it or covering it up. “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”- Jim Rohn

Yours in health,

Dr. Emily

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