Pain is defined as physical or emotional suffering/discomfort due to a damaging stimuli. A damaging stimuli could be anything from stubbing your toe to an illness, or even an emotional experience with damaging or negative outcomes. As a chiropractors we focus more on the physical side of pain, helping patients overcome neck pain from car accidents, or low back pain after lifting something heavy.
Pain is subjective meaning each person will describe and experience pain differently. Generally speaking pain intensity is associated with the amount of damage to the body that occurred during the injury, and presents in various types such as burning, aching, sharp, numbness, and tingling. To get an accurate representation of pain we always ask the patient to rate their pain on a scale of 0-10 with 0 being no pain at all, and 10 being the worst pain ever felt.
Because pain is so subjective and can only be described by the person experiencing it, a description of how it started, what types of activities it limits, and if anything makes it better or worse is necessary to determine what the best treatment options are to help reduce the amount of pain quickly.
As much as we all hate getting injured it is a very necessary part of learning and how to function on a day to day basis. To make it as simple as possible think of pain as a reflex or an instinct, it is essentially the last signal to the brain warning that something bad is happening.
When pain signals are present our tendency is to retract from the painful stimulus and then protect the affected body part while it heals. Pain is the body’s defense system and from an evolutionary standpoint a very important part of life, vital to our survival and overall health. Without pain we would not know what is good or bad for our bodies.
Here is where it gets tricky, even if someone lives a pain free life that doesn’t mean they are functioning at an optimal level. Remember pain is the last thing to show up, meaning joints, muscles and organ systems can be negatively affected without causing a pain signal to be sent to the brain.
At Northern Edge Chiropractic we can help regardless if you are injured and currently feeling pain, or if you are seeking to be proactive to prevent pain. As a wellness chiropractic clinic we strive to get patients out of pain very quickly and educate all our patients on the importance of regular spinal maintenance even if pain is not present.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation or examination please call us at (763) 316-5252, or swing by our clinic located in Plymouth MN.