Pain has a Purpose. Learn to Appreciate it

Pain is no fun. For some people, it can be frustrating. For others, it can be debilitating. Sometimes, it is a chronic pain that lingers and just pushes us over our threshold so that it interferes with our normal activities. Some people just accept the thought that they have to learn to live with pain. No matter what type of pain it is, no one enjoys experiencing it, and we weren’t designed to live in pain. However, pain plays an important role in the body, and we should try to learn to appreciate it.

Pain is an important signal to alert us that something is wrong. It gets our attention to motivate us to investigate what is not functioning correctly. Pain is not the actual issue, but often, we treat it like it is. Instead of trying to figure out what is going on behind the pain and understand why the body is hurting, we aim to mask the pain with drugs. However, this is a shortsighted approach because we are ignoring the root issue.

Two analogies may help illustrate this. First, we can think of pain as a fire alarm. When your house is on fire and the fire alarm is going off, do you get frustrated with the alarm, disconnect it, and let the fire rage on? I hope not. It wouldn’t make sense to ignore the reason why the alarm is making noise. You can also think of pain similarly to the check engine light in your car. When you see that dreaded light turn on while driving, do you just take a piece of duct tape out and cover it up? Problem solved, right? No, most people take the car to a mechanic who will try to figure out why the light is on. You wouldn’t want to ruin your engine.

The same can be said for pain in the body. If you experience chronic, debilitating headaches, does it make sense to take painkillers daily? Sure, you may experience less pain, but it is not a long-term solution (and we won’t event talk about the negative effects that come with long-term use). Painkilling medications do not correct any underlying cause of the headaches; they just turn the warning signal off. Wouldn’t it make more sense to see if there was a physical, nutritional or emotional cause that could be addressed to provide a true solution to the pain.

Like it or not, pain is a necessary discomfort of life. It actually provides a lot of value if you are willing to listen to it. If you are experiencing pain and would like to receive a complimentary consultation to see if we can help address a potential root cause, then call 215-259-5100 or email today!