“OUCH! I tweaked my back!” “Argh! I can’t WAIT for this headache to go away.”
Pain. It happens. Your back just won’t quit hurting. You've got a nagging headache and can’t concentrate, but you've got a pile of work to do. So what do you do?
If you’re like most Americans, you reach for your pain reliever of choice. Most people have their trusted brand.
Quick question though. Does it cure the pain?
Well, yes and no. If you take enough of the right pills, sure, you probably won’t feel the pain. But does it cure what is causing the pain?
If you will take a moment and really let that last question sink in, you might just change and even save your life.
Does Tylenol or Advil or Aleve really cure what causes your headache or backache or nagging pain of choice?
The truth is, it does not. It only tells your brain not to care or notice that pain. And that’s a real shame.
Because pain is your friend. Pain is your body telling you something is wrong.
What if you decided, rather than to shut up the pain by numbing it, you listened to it?
Let’s say it’s stress, bad diet, lack of sleep, or any combination of these that’s causing your headache.
Why do we take the pills? So we can keep working right? So we can continue pushing when our body is telling us it’s time to stop.
Let’s say there’s really something wrong in your back that’s causing that lower back pain (or some lifestyle stresser that needs attention). If you pop a few Advil and keep going, what do you think is actually happening in that site of pain? Is it getting better or worse?
While we think the Advil is relieving the pain, in fact it is allowing us to do further damage and not feel the pain that would be shouting at us to stop, make adjustments and heal. So what happens four to six hours later?
You guessed it. More pain.
You’d think we would quit calling them pain relievers.
So what are you going to do about your pain? Chiropractic Care can help without the use of pain killers, for a long term relief.