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Pain – Your Personal Smoke Alarm

We all get aches and pains every now and then, sometimes we chalk it up to sleeping in an awkward position, or maybe we carried something heavy and strained our muscles. No cause for concern, right? A good night’s sleep will most definitely fix it… but what if it doesn’t? What if the pain is there the next day, or the next week, or even the next month? Everything in our body has evolved to ensure we survive, even the pain we experience has its use.

A Warning Sign

In his research on pain, Jonas Tesarz. describes it best when they say that pain is a natural mechanism of protection against injuries and overuse. If your body is telling you something is wrong, something is likely wrong. You wouldn’t ignore your smoke alarm if it went off, so why do we still ignore the personal smoke alarm of our body?

What if We Couldn’t Feel Pain?

Congenital insensitivity to pain is an incredibly rare disorder where the sufferer is unable to feel any form of ache or injury. Scientists believe it is so rare because those who had it in the past would usually die in their late teens. Geoff Woods, a pain researcher at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, said “Of the CIP patients I’ve worked with in the UK, so many of the males have killed themselves by their late 20s by doing ridiculously dangerous things, not restrained by pain”

If pain is our body’s way of telling us that something is wrong, we should listen and try to take steps to address the root cause of the pain. Some helpful advice on pain management and treatment can be found in our previous blog “Why Your Pain in the Neck Can Make You a Pain in the Neck!”

Take the Hint

You may have ignored the pain for so long that it seems almost second nature to feel it and it isn’t actually that bad. However, most people don’t realise how much pain they were in until they were realigned and finally knew how bad their pain was.

Pain is an important part of being a human, and alerts us to when we’re overworked and over-strained, so if you begin to feel any pain, take the hint and give us a call!

Have you ever experienced pain that you ignored which resulted in a more serious injury? Or have you ever pushed yourself too hard despite the warning signs and suffered because of it? Let us know!

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