Most of us probably know someone who brags about how much abuse their body can take, as though ignoring pain is a source of pride. These types of people will power through chronic pain for months or even years without seeking help due to the misguided old saying, “No pain, no gain!” Yet too often, they pop over-the-counter painkillers like candy to take the edge off and continue overworking their body into an early grave.
The reality is that chronic pain is not a normal state of existence but a sign of a serious problem. Keep reading to learn how ignoring chronic pain can damage your body and what you should do instead to protect your health.
What is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is any type of persistent or recurring pain which lasts for three months or longer. In some cases, the pain can last for years; and if nothing is done to treat it, your chronic pain can cause your health to deteriorate rapidly.
Common causes of chronic pain include:
- Pulled or sprained muscles
- Injuries from falls
- Overworking the body
- Medical conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc.
- Blocked pressure points
- Spinal misalignment
The Dangers of Powering Through Chronic Pain
Pushing your body past its limits will make your pain get worse, not better. Your body needs rest, and if there is an underlying health condition contributing to your chronic pain, then powering through it (or masking the pain with over the counter drugs) will only hurt you in the long run. In fact, continuing to work your body through injuries and pain tends to dispose you to further injuries, longer healing times, and even more pain.
Pain and Limited Mobility Are Not “Normal Signs of Aging”
Too many people believe that it’s “normal” to be in constant pain as you get older. This is definitely not true. If you are taking care of your body, in most cases you should still be able to move freely without pain or dysfunction. Pain itself is your body’s reaction to a problem. It’s a warning sign that something is not right.
If something in your body feels off and your mobility isn’t what it used to be, don’t just write it off as a “normal sign of aging.” It’s most often a sign that you have an underlying problem that needs to be addressed or else it will get progressively worse until one day you’ll find you can’t move without debilitating pain.
Relieve Chronic Pain with Pressure Point Therapy
Pressure points are energy hotspots that lie along your body’s nerve pathways. Your nerves send electrical signals throughout your body to control things like breathing, pain, and healing. That energy can get tangled up at the pressure point hotspots, especially if your spine is misaligned or your muscles are too tense. When this happens, the energy can’t flow through your body properly and you get chronic pain.
Pressure Point Therapy targets these points with continuous pressure to unblock the energy hotspot. Putting pressure on these points helps relax the muscles so the nerves can decompress and send their electrical signals properly again. This is a fast, natural method to relieve chronic pain and let your body heal.
Prevent Chronic Pain with Chiropractic Adjustments
Falling down, bad posture, poor lifting, even sleeping wrong can put excess pressure on your spine and shift your joints out of alignment. The most common symptom of this misalignment is chronic pain. Chiropractic adjustments can locate the areas of your spine that are misaligned and straighten them out. By getting rid of the underlying cause of most chronic pain with an adjustment, you’ll be able to move more freely and enjoy your life without having to “power through.”
Visit Mattingly Chiropractic for Chronic Pain Relief
If you’re experiencing any kind of pain, don’t ignore it. Seek medical care to ensure you don’t have an untreated health condition causing your pain. Then schedule a consultation at Mattingly Chiropractic to help your body heal and be pain free naturally. Call us at (314) 635-1008 today and be sure to ask about a free Pressure Point Therapy session.