We currently live in a society where we are constantly ignoring our body’s own signals. Pain is the most alarming and important of them.
Reaching into hot water as a kid signals to you to take it out and not do it again.
Jumping from a tree and landing hard will hurt; resulting in a memory of the pain and hopefully will make you second guess the height the next time around.
When we have digestive pain it is usually a sign from our body to not eat that again.
Pain is the greatest teacher we have and the most valuable signal we can experience as a child. The only catch is we must continue to listen, interpret, and respond as we age. It could be said that
“The one who could learn from every painful experience in their life, may be the wisest among us.”
The biggest issue for our generation is the “No Pain No Gain” & “Push Through the Pain” mentality. It creates this idea that pain is some nuisance that gets in the way. Some hindrance stopping us from doing what we’d like.
Just look at the most popular over the counter & prescription medications. We’ve made it our mission to mask, ignore, dull, and even sedate ourselves out of pain.
Medications such as NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) are the most used and most popular over the counter medications. Many of us take them daily. Roughly 50% take them at least 3 times a week, and a recent study suggests;
About 15 percent of adults taking ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or other NSAIDs like Aspirin, Naproxen (Aleve), Celecoxib (Celebrex), Meloxicam (Mobic) & Diclofenac (Voltaren) exceeded the maximum recommended daily dose for these drugs. (source)
Related research shows that long term use of NSAIDS is linked to stomach & small intestine leaky gut, ulcers, & bleeding.
As for the prescription pain world, pain medications have historically been the most addictive and deadly on the planet, accounting for 115 deaths each day. This epidemic originally started with the Opium Poppy Plant as far back as 3,400 BC. Natural and synthetic versions of the Opium have been used for medical purposes (designed with cancer patients and battlefield injuries in mind) in the from of Morphine, Heroin, Oxycodone, & Fentanyl (100 times stronger than Morphine) just to name a few.
Think how far we’ve come in just over 100 years. In the late 1800s and early 1900s well known companies sold over the counter medical kits with hypodermic needles and vials of heroin or morphine, and it was marketed to be safe enough to rub on baby gums while teething!
If this doesn’t show the human drive to eliminate pain at all costs I don’t know what will.
A Natural Answer
Some chiropractors are educated to be very anti-medication. Others, like myself, feel that all medication was made with the good intention of helping patients in need. Where providers and patients fail is when they decide to prescribe and use these medications to manage pain over the long term.
Understanding the “why” behind your pain is the key. Symptoms will always return unless the “why” is addressed. If the reason is continuously ignored you’ll be headed down a road of over utilization, digestive system harm, and/or opioid addiction.
Believe it or not many of the pain we experience can be eliminated without medication, even some of the most severe cases. It is just a matter of finally listening to you body and, if necessary, finding a provider that is able to help decipher what your body is trying to tell you.
If you are a current patient of ours you know that this is what we set out to do.