Pain Is Normal And Is A Survival Mechanism
The human body cannot speak for itself to tell you that your leg is broken or that you shouldn’t touch a hot surface. Instead, your body reacts to stimuli by sending signals through your neurons to tell your brain that something is hurting your body.
That stimulus can be a hot pan touched with a bare hand or the sharp throb of a pulled muscle during exercise. Even stress and illness can trigger these pain responses. You might get headaches when you’re behind on work or feel body aches during a bout of the flu.
Your pain has a cause. Pain exists to inform us that something is wrong with our bodies.
Many of us react to pain in different ways. Some people seek treatment, and others choose to ignore the pain until it goes away or gets worse. Regardless of an individual’s decision to seek treatment, their body is indicating to them that something is wrong and needs to be addressed.
Pain is a complex mechanism in the human body that alerts us to problems like injury, illness, stress, or fatigue. It comes in different forms and can affect different areas of the body, but no matter the cause, pain affects your brain the same way.
At REACH Rehab + Chiropractic, our holistic approach to diagnosing takes the guesswork out of healing to treat pain at the source.
Not All Pain Is The Same
For some, pain exists only in the event of an injury or illness, while others experience what is called chronic pain.
Pain that occurs occasionally is called acute pain. On the other hand, chronic pain is frequent, typically caused by lasting injuries, neural conditions, or inflammatory diseases. Examples of chronic pain include injuries from a major car accident, fibromyalgia, or rheumatoid arthritis.
If you experience pain, one of the first questions you may ask yourself is, “what is causing my pain?” Depending on the cause, you can move forward with treatment. Treatment at REACH Rehab + Chiropractic includes:
- Holistic chiropractic and rehab
- Rolfing and massage
- Posture and movement guidance
- Performance assessments
- Customized treatment plans
Accurate diagnosis is the first step in developing a course of treatment and empowering you to live a healthy life free from pain.
Different Causes To Different Types Of Pain
Clinicians classify pain by the type of tissue affected or the body part where it originates. Some forms of pain share a root cause to be named as a disease or syndrome. Some common descriptions for pain include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome: Caused by compression of the median nerve through the wrist, carpal tunnel has grown more common as computer usage becomes a larger part of our daily lives.
- Back pain: Caused by body mechanics, such as poor posture, sedentary lifestyle, or physical overexertion in sports and athletics.
- Sciatica: Sciatica patients experience stabbing, burning, radiating, or tingling pain that shoots down from the tailbone and down the leg to the foot and toes, usually only on one side. There can be numerous causes of sciatica, but these causes all affect the sciatic nerve.
- Knee pain: The knee’s joint mechanics cause stress to the nerves and soft tissues around the joint. Knee pain is often not a structural issue except in the instance of a traumatic knee injury.
Addressing The "Root Cause" Of Your Pain
Most pain is related to habit. Do you slouch in your chair for eight hours a day at work? Do you exercise, or is your lifestyle sedentary? Is everyday arm day at the gym? Are you eating a balanced diet that gives you proper nutrition?
You could get your back cracked at any Plymouth, Michigan, chiropractor office, but is that a solution to the cause of your pain, or a temporary solution for quick relief? Your pain has a cause, and as holistic chiropractors, we understand your pain affects your life regardless of the root cause.
Our chiropractic team performs a thorough and comprehensive assessment to determine the source of your pain. We will help you customize your course of treatment to include habit reforming tools. We aim to help you not only feel better but move, function, and perform better too!
Your Path To Pain Relief | REACH Rehab + Chiropractic | Plymouth, MI
Whether you’re looking for comprehensive physical assessment, joint manipulation, movement coaching, treatment for a persistent pain condition, or sports chiropractic services, our REACH Rehab + Chiropractic team is looking forward to helping you overcome your pain and become unstoppable.
We specialize in a variety of non-surgical treatment, therapy, and coaching services, including Active Release Techniques (ART®), Graston Soft Tissue Mobilization, Rolfing® Structural Integration, McKenzie Method (MDT), and Integrative Neuro Dry Needling (IDN), among others.