The Truth: About Pain

Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience usually produced by something that injures, or threatens to injure, the body. Although pain is something that we invariably want to escape or to stop, it serves several very important functions.

Pain protects us by triggering a reflexive withdrawal from something damaging before we can suffer further injury, such as when we drop a hot pan before we sustain extensive burns.

It is also a warning system that lets us know when an injury is about to occur: the burning ache in our muscles during extreme exertion warns us to stop using them.

Pain forces us to immobilize or protect an injured part, such as a broken ankle, thus giving it a chance to heal.

Most importantly pain also lets us know when we need to seek medical help, and teaches us what behaviors to avoid in the future.

Understanding this type of Pain is crucial, as this understanding alone can change the way you perceive health.

Pain is your body’s way of communicating with you and protecting you.

It is NOT your enemy or an inconvenience that needs to be eradicated at the earliest.

Pain is a sign from your body saying “please pay attention to me”

Pain is your doctor that is warning you of trouble.

When a message comes into the brain from anywhere in the body, the brain tells the body how to react. For example, if you accidentally touch a hot stove, the nerves in your skin shoot a message of pain to your brain. The brain then sends a message back telling the muscles in your hand to pull away. Luckily, this neurological relay race takes a lot less time than it just took to read about it.

We cannot bear the thought of being sick as it involves pain/discomfort and upsets an already tight schedule, but the only way the body can get your attention is by localizing the area of the problem and indicating it to you through pain.

Did you know that More than 100,000 chemical reactions go on in your brain every second! Among the brain’s many jobs is to be your own chemist. The brain produces more than 50 identified active drugs. Some of these are associated with memory, intelligence, pain, sedatives etc. The human body can release chemical compounds like opiates that can help the body to kill its own pain. Three such groups of chemicals are known as endorphins, Enkephalins and Dynorphins.

Endorphin is the brain’s natural painkiller, and it is 3 times more potent than morphine.

Which only means that if the body creates pain, there is a method to the madness, as it also has its own internal pharmacy to resolve it, the body will reduce the pain once it is assured that it is being looked into and healed.

Acute pain is one which occurs almost immediately upon tissue damage or injury and lasts only a limited time.

A Chronic Pain lasts for weeks, months, or years and is a major source of suffering, disability, and economic loss.

When chronic pain persists, it can be quite destructive. In effect, we make it a disease in itself. We medicate the pain and suppress it without even touching the real cause.

Pharmaceutical pain killers may get you back on track in a short period of time, but over the long run it will cause more harm than good as suppressing with pain killers promote toxicity in our bodies, which in turn causes more Dis-ease, and absolutely no healing is achieved.

Don’t just “Silence” your body, “Listen” to it.

The best approach to pain is to identify the cause and remove it. This should always be the primary goal.

Written by Sejal Vora

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The Truth: About Back Aches

Most people suffering from Cervical Spine (Neck) Thoracic Spine (Mid Back) & Lumbar Spine (Lower Back) pain are of the belief that back aches stem from various reasons like bad posture, wearing high heels, an injury, over weight, sedentary lifestyle with no exercise, too much exercise, heavy weight lifting, dancing, pregnancy, stress etc.. But all these reasons are actually NOT the root cause of back aches.

The true ROOT CAUSE of back aches is a WEAK back.

The spine is essentially made up of vertebrae, the vertebrae are made up of bones and bones are essentially made up of calcium.

So the key to a STRONG back is CALCIUM.

Of course wearing high heels is not recommended, a sedentary lifestyle with no exercise or too much exercise or excess weight training is also not good, however if your back is strong, there would be less chances of injury or back ache.

The Spinal anatomy is truly unique in its form and function. It is designed to be incredibly strong, protecting the highly sensitive nerve roots, yet highly flexible, providing for mobility on many different planes.

However for years we have abused our bodies. As you can see, calcium and your back are very closely related.

One of the main causes of a weak back is also the excessive consumption of Coke and Pepsi. They drastically lower calcium levels and increase phosphate levels in the blood. When phosphate levels are high and calcium levels are low, calcium is pulled out of the bones. The phosphate content of soft drinks like Coke and Pepsi are very high, and they contain virtually no calcium.” When you continually eat food cooked in hydrogenated refined oil and iodized salt, processed foods like white bread, sugar and tea/coffee for years on end, your body experiences a state of acidosis.

Acidosis needs to be combated by alkalinity. And where do you think your body finds this Alkalinity?

“Calcium” is Alkaline.

To combat this state of acidosis, it strips calcium from your bones to increase the alkalinity…..This in turn leads to a weak back, leading to injuries and back aches and even osteoporosis.

Massages or Pain killers will only temporarily relieve a back ache.  If you are looking to strengthen your back and not suffer from constant back aches, you need to most importantly focus on your calcium intake. However popping a calcium pill is not the answer, nearly all supplements contain chemicals like stearates and stearic acid which work as lubricants added to raw materials in supplements. They also contain potentially allergenic binders, fillers and often coloring agents. These additives have a number of side effects in the long run, including decreased absorption.

There is no better source of calcium than a well-balanced diet. In principle your daily nutrition should bring in all the calcium your body needs. Supplements will not compensate for junk foods, alcohol, smoking and imbalanced nutrition.

Last but not the least, what is also most effective in healing back aches is the practice of yoga at least twice a week if not more. Yoga does wonders for not just strengthening your back but for your entire being. Yoga not only strengthens your core it calms you down . Please read my article on misconceptions of yoga before you decide to start practicing, as it is very important to be doing the right type of yoga.

Combining Calcium through correct nutrition and yoga, will allow you to  experience a back ache free life for starters and much more !!!

Written by Sejal Vora

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