The Thing About Pain
Pain is serious. And relieving it is big business. Those who suffer from pain spend billions seeking its relief. In fact, pain is often what prompts people to visit our practice. It turns out there are some very important reasons why we’re equipped to sense pain. Naturally, if you’re experiencing pain, you want it to go away. And while you can expect our compassion, we’re interested in correcting the underlying cause of your pain.
A Limit Has Been Reached
Pain is a way our body tells us we’ve reached a boundary. For example, when our finger exceeds the limits of the joint function for which it was designed, we experience pain. This warning protects us so we can avoid a more serious injury. It’s a good thing. And while a life without pain may sound good, it’s essential for our health and well-being.
Providing a Warning
Pain is a signal our body uses to alert us that something needs our attention. Physical pain, social pain and even psychological pain are warnings that something must change. Pain is a way the wisdom of your body communicates with its owner: you. Headaches. Spasms. Tingling. Aches and pains alert you that something is amiss and needs correction. First, your body will gently whisper to warn you. Unheeded, it speaks with greater urgency. If ignored, it may escalate into full-fledged shouting!
Fooling Your Body
Pain prompts many to take a pill to reduce it or suppress it. But numbing your body with a pain reliever doesn’t make the problem go away. It’s still there. The drug merely fools your body so you can’t feel the warning. With time, the dosage must be increased to quiet your body’s outcry. Besides possible addiction, it can lead to far more serious problems. As your body tries to eliminate the medicine it sees as a foreign substance, kidney and liver damage may result. Even stomach bleeding. Using a drug to fool your body’s warning system may be convenient, but dangerous.
A thorough examination can help determine if the pain is due to wayward spinal structures. The moving bones of the spine are often implicated in neck and back pain.
Our strategy is to address the underlying spinal problem with gentle and natural chiropractic care. As spinal joints move better and nervous system function improves, the self-healing capacity of your body is revived. Symptoms subside. Naturally.
Get in touch to set up a chiropractic care appointment in Santa Fe today with Dr. Brian Short, DC..