The Purpose of Pain – The Critical Role That Physical Pain Plays In Saving Your Life

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Going through physical pain (along with death) could very well be the most avoided life situation present. There is something about pain that makes people run when they think about it. There are two forms of pain. The first form of pain is mental pain. This form of hurt can actually change a person's life for the worst if they allow it. A few examples of emotional pain would be; The death of a loved one, losing a job or going through a divorce. It has been said that this form of pain is the most dreadful because it governs your mind. Where ever the mind goes so does the body. The second form of pain (of which this publication is about) is physical pain. Physical pain occurs within or to the body. This form of pain can impede or change your quality of life because it may cause you to become immobile. Examples of physical pain would be; Breaking an arm or leg, dealing with cancer or being in a car accident that parallels you. What is the actual purpose of physical pain in our lives? It may help you to know that pain is one of your biggest allies.

To further elucidate the critical role that pain plays in our lives I wish to compare the human body to that of an automobile. A car possesses what is known as a "red warning light." The purpose of this light is to shine bright when there are potential problems within the car. These issues could range from a busted radiator pipe to a broken fan belt. Upon seeing this red light, a normal person would pull over to the side of the road and see what is going on. Continuing to drive the car with this light flashing is cause for further damage to the car such as engine overheating. Many people like to ignore the check engine red light and continue driving as if nothing has happened. This is an indication that people are fully unaware of the potential dangers that lurk or that they are simply ignorant people.

Pain is your body's version of the red warning light. When you feel pain in your knees, feet, orans or wrists, it is your body telling you to discontinue use of these particular parts until you can get them repaired. What generally happens is that you visit the doctor and they prescribe you pain killers, muscle relaxers and anti inflammatories to help manage your pain. The operative word here is "manage." You do not need to manage your pain, you need to eliminate the root (or systemic) cause and heal the situation. It is utterly asineine for a health care practitioner to prescribe you a pain-killer without simultaneously repairing the injured body part or organ.

In sports, you are taught to fight through the pain for the team. When you really consider this concept you come to realize that the athlete does not benefit from continuing to play if there is pain. In the end, athletes, like normal people will wind up cutting the red light wires. What does this mean? When you continue to push through pain in a body part you will ever wear out the joint ends of the bone, tissue or cartilage. Once you discontinue the anti-inflammatories you will realize that there is no more cartilage or bone left. In the case of joints, the only option left for you will be joint replacement surgery. If you decide to ignore pain in your organs then the output could potentially be death.

What you know as pain is truly your friend. If you have physical pain it is best to find out what is going on. There are always natural ways to help with your pain but you should never try to manage your situation with just pain killers. There is to be a healing solution present.