Pain as a Warning

Feeling pain is like an oil warning light in your car, an external sign of an internal problem. The neurological transmission of the nerve signal inhibits the portion of the brain that causes the feelings of well-being in the midbrain (substantia nigra) and can cause stress. These two pathways compete to control the emotional atmosphere and overall mood of the individual experiencing pain. You instinctively go into survival mode (stress response) and blood is shunted away from internal organs that aid in nonessential body functions like digestion or reproduction.  This is primarily the reason why individuals with prolonged exposure to pain have digestive and reproductive problems.

Prolonged stress leads to hormone imbalances related to the stress glands of the body known as the adrenal glands. These glands secrete hormones that control sleep, digestion, weight gain, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, allergies, arthritis, immunity, heart function, fatigue, etc. These glands can be checked and if malfunctioning, they can be repaired through diet and supplements.

Nerves feel pain. These pain fibers can be triggered by trauma or repetitive stress which cause tissue damage. We can have falls and accidents that occurred in the past, which can cause undetected and long-lasting damage not just to muscles but also to nerves as well. Nerves control and coordinate all functions in the body, so if they are not working properly, neither will your body. Headaches, numbness, back or neck pains usually come from undetected nerve damage. Learning how to eliminate or properly manage any pain that you may be feeling is essential to overall good health.

Phases of healing are:

1. The Inflammatory Phase

2. The Repair Phase

3. The Remodeling Phase

In the first phase of healing, the Inflammatory Phase, damaged cells cause swelling and your body restricts joint motion to prevent further injury. However when you enter the second stage of healing The Repair Phase, after the danger of further injury (swelling) is gone  and your body still continues to restrict joint motion which tends to lead to increase the pain signal if not moved properly. Conversely, movement of joint spaces neurologically inhibit the conduction of the pain signal, this is called the gate-control theory. Joint movement stimulates proprioceptive nerve fibers found in your joint spaces. These nerves are faster than pain fibers and inhibit the pain signals from reaching the brain, thereby decreasing your perception of pain.  In addition, the proprioceptive fibers promoted the release of dopamine which promotes feeling of well-being.

To sum it up, if you want to physically inhibit pain and promote feelings of well-being, you need to move the joint spaces. Chiropractors are specialist at moving joints that are restricted or misaligned due to trauma or chronic “bad” posture.  Yes, your joints can be misaligned and causing internal problems without you feeling pain.  How can you be certain unless you are checked by a professional? If you or someone you know or love wants or needs to be checked, have them call our offices for a FREE Wellness Check at Pain 2 Wellness Center to see if we can help you. If your case is not a chiropractic case, we will refer you to a specialist who can help. You have nothing to lose but everything to gain.

Winston Carhee, Doctor of Chiropractic, is President of the American Black Chiropractic Association, Director of the Georgia Chiropractic Association, Chairman of the GCA – Political Action Committee. Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioners, Certified Medical Examiner for the Department of Transportation, and Member of The Injury Specialists.

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