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