Is Pain the Problem? Solving the underlying issues
When a papercut on your finger stings or a headache ruins your morning, your body is alerting you that there’s something wrong so that you can address it. Whether it’s a band-aid, an ice pack, or some rest and relaxation, pain lets you know that action is needed. The mistake many people make is in the way they approach relieving pain. If you put a band-aid on a cut, you’re simply preventing the cut from being aggravated. The cut doesn’t stop hurting until your body has healed the wound, eliminating the need for a band-aid.
That same philosophy carries over to headaches, backaches, and many other types of pain signals your brain receives. Pain is simply an early warning system for larger problems within. It can come from direct stimulation of the nerves (burning your hand, biting your tongue, stubbing your toe), or from pressure on or damage to the nerves themselves. This is seen with things like arthritis, where inflammation of joints occurs, more diffuse pain signals like menstrual cramps or stomach aches, or with subluxation– a misaligned bone that puts undue pressure on the nerves branching from your spinal column. This frequently manifests in pain symptoms, but misalignment can occur without triggering pain receptors.
Likewise, just because the pain has eased and the early-warning alert has quieted, does not mean that the deeper injury has vanished. That is why you wear braces for the full recommended time and don’t pull them off when your teeth seem straight, and why your Chiropractic care extends beyond just surface-level pain relief. ‘
Solving the underlying issues is what will prevent the pain signals from being triggered in the future, and what will keep you out of pain in the long run.
By Dr. Bryen A. Bell, a Board-Certified Chiropractic Physician with over 20 years of professional experience. Contact Dr. Bell at True Potential Chiropractic family care facility. Call 503-574-4872 or visit tpcportland.com.