Why Do We Feel Pain?

Why do we feel painI’m sure that you’ve felt pain: When you stubbed your toe, trapped your finger, burnt your hand, felt a muscular ache or experienced the incessant throbbing of a bad headache — but why do we feel pain?

Your body triggers pain for one simple reason: to protect you.

Typically, when you feel pain you stop doing whatever it is that caused the pain. It’s part of the ‘fight, flight or freeze’ instinct that’s built in to all of us – and it works really well when we stub our toe, burn our hand under water that’s too hot or experience some kind of pain that warns us of an imminent threat to our wellbeing.

What I always find difficult to understand is why so many of us simply soldier on when the pain we’re experiencing is caused by something more fundamental to our health. Something that’s every bit as important to our wellbeing but, somehow, that we seem to treat as being far less important in the great scheme of things.

I’m talking about physical injuries, strained muscles, tension and a whole host of other situations where pain creeps up on us, gradually, and we just keep on ‘putting up with it’ while it gets worse and worse.

It just doesn’t make sense to me: Why do we wait?

The Difference Between Acute and Chronic Pain

Neck and Shoulder PainWhen we feel acute pain – the moment we stub our toe, run our hand under water that’s too hot or incur some other kind of injury, we react instantly to that initial surge of pain and stop doing whatever it is that caused the pain. Of course, this doesn’t mean that the pain will go away – especially if our body’s incurred some kind of injury or damage.

Chronic pain is persistent pain. It can affect any part of our body from our back to our toe and is, generally, caused by a condition like fibromyalgia, arthritis or an injury of some kind that remains untreated – possibly the result of an injury that, initially, caused us some acute pain.

When people experience chronic pain they tend to treat it differently, probably, because it isn’t acute.

Stop doing that to yourself.

Don’t Wait When You Experience Chronic Pain

What I’ve noticed in all my years as a Complementary Therapist is the tendency of people to ‘wait and see’ if that chronic pain gets better, all by itself.

Of course, there are some situations where, when left to its own devices, the body does heal and the pain does go. But I guarantee that the body would heal and the pain subside, far more quickly, if you had the appropriate treatment.

Where I really struggle is when people wait ….. and wait ….. and wait … and wait and the pain doesn’t get easier, they lose movement, the pain gets worse and months – even years – go by before they seek any kind of treatment.

The Rule of Pain and Treatment

No Hands MassageAs a general rule, my experience has shown that, the longer you wait and put up with the pain, the more treatment you’ll need to resolve the problem.

In other words, the quicker you come for treatment, the less treatment you will need!

The message is, don’t put up with pain. No matter how innocuous it may seem at the time, if you’re experiencing pain, your body’s telling you that something needs attention, so, pay attention!

If you’re experiencing pain of any kind, the sooner you treat the cause of the pain, the better.

Don’t wait!  (You can always get in touch with me here)

Valerie
Bringing healing, health and harmony into your world.

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