What is Causing My Pain?

Most people misunderstand pain.  They see it as a bad thing when it’s really not.  Pain is one of the few ways that your body has to tell you that something is wrong.  Think about it.  If you ever had a day that you leaned up against a hot stove and didn’t feel pain…wow…that would be a major problem.  You wouldn’t want your first indicator to be the smell of burning flesh.  At that point, it’s a little late.

 

Now I’ll be the first to agree that chronic pain is NOT a good thing.  Chronic pain is a clear indicator that your body is unhealthy.  But pain in and of itself is just your body talking to you.  Nothing more.  Nothing less.

The Symptom of Pain

One of the biggest mistakes that keep people from making a full recovery is the obsession with treating symptoms.  Western medicine is probably the biggest offender when it comes to this.  The entire Western medical system is geared toward the treating and eliminating symptoms at all cost.  Rarely do doctors take the time to address the underlying causes, instead they just do what they can to make the symptoms go away.

A simple analogy will prove my point.  Think about the fire alarm in your house.  If the alarm goes off, that’s the symptom.  The fire and smoke are the cause of the alarm.  When we only try to get the symptoms to go away it’s like pulling the batteries out of the fire alarm to get it to stop beeping all while the house is still burning down.  Yeah, you got the alarm (the symptom) to stop, but at what cost?

Addressing the Cause of Pain

Keeping with the fire alarm analogy.  If you were to find the fire and put it out, the alarm would automatically shut off on its own.  The same is true about your pain.  If you address the underlying cause of the pain, the body will heal itself and the pain will go away.  You won’t have to take the latest drug or do some fancy trick to get your body to stop hurting.

So what’s the cause of your pain?  Well…rarely is it just one thing.  But in most cases it can be boiled down to   3 things:

  • Too Much: Your body is toxic and you need to cut back.  Examples of things you might need to cut down on: Junk food, sugar, carbs, stress, processed foods, etc
  • Too Little:  Your body is deficient and you need to increase something.  Examples of things you might need to increase: Water, vitamins, supplements, exercise, sleep, etc
  • Body Imbalance:  Technically too much and too little are imbalances, but in this case, I’m talking about physical imbalances that need to be corrected.  Examples of body imbalance: Spinal misalignment, poor posture, weak muscles, tight muscles, poor range of motion, poor flexibility, forward head posture, etc