Painful Truth: Why You Need Pain
By Sara Butler
Pain is unpleasant, there are no two ways about it. It’s unpleasant, but it’s absolutely necessary for your overall health and wellness. That’s because pain is useful since its primary job is to let you know when something isn’t right. There are other aspects of pain that are useful too since it helps to protect you, helps you to remember when you did something that resulted in it, and it helps to keep you safe. Here’s what you need to know about pain and how your chiropractor can help.
Your Protector is Pain
When you experience pain due to prolonged incorrect posture, injury, or muscle sprains and strains, it’s perfectly normal. You may not like pain, but without it, you probably wouldn’t be here today! Pain works to protect you from injury and it keeps you from hurting yourself even more.
For example, remember that time you were walking through the dark in your child’s room and stepped on that Lego brick? Few things can really capture the pain of stepping on a Lego brick, but the pain you experienced kept you safe because it alerted your brain to the fact that you were beginning to step on that evil plaything. That triggered a reflex response that caused you to jerk your foot away from the Lego. So, it was uncomfortable, but that Lego brick wasn’t embedded in your foot thanks to your pain response.
Pain Helps You Remember
Pain stops you from injuring yourself even more, and it also helps you to refrain from experiencing an injury in the future. After the whole Lego incident, you probably make your child pick up the Legos after they play with them or you’re a lot more careful about the path you take barefoot in the room. The pain you experienced helped to create a memory to help you avoid injury in the future in the same way. That’s not to say you can avoid Lego bricks for the rest of your life, but you sure will be a lot more careful about it.
To learn more about pain and when it's useful, discuss it with your chiropractor. Understanding the ways in which pain is useful to you is important. If you’re experiencing chronic pain, that is something your chiropractor can help you understand and maybe even remedy. So, don’t shy away from the topic of pain with your chiropractor - embrace it and learn more!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.