The perception of pain is a complicated one. While it’s essential for our safety to alert us to danger and promote needed rest, it can also become chronic in nature and completely affect our quality of life unnecessarily. Understanding how pain perception works and what can be done to manage it holistically can help you feel in control of any pain symptoms you encounter in your life.
What affects our perception of pain
Pain is much more than just an input or an injury. It can be influenced by many different systems in the body to make sensations more or less sensitive. It’s why pain management can feel ambiguous and frustrating. These include:
- Mood and emotional state
- General health
- Inflammation or imbalances in the body
- Previous injuries
- Past experiences with pain
- Beliefs about pain and our perception of control
- Level of fatigue
- Social support
- Age, gender, and genetics even play a role
Holistic ways to better manage pain
Chronic pain is defined as consistently experiencing discomfort more than 6 weeks that is affecting your daily life. Experiencing chronic pain is emotionally draining and can lead to avoidance of your normal daily activities, even disability. There are many great holistic options for either preventing or managing unnecessary pain and suffering.
- Optimal spine alignment for good nerve flow and signals
- Regular exercise, stretching, and movement
- Proper biomechanics with daily activities
- High quality nutrient dense diet
- Good sleep hygiene and quantity
- Stress management techniques
- Social support
- Regular use of modalities such as ice, heat, and self-massage
Chiropractic care and pain management
The majority of pain management options listed above are maximized when spine alignment is first addressed. When spine misalignment goes undiagnosed, it affects the body’s ability to communicate (via nerve flow) and can make you hypersensitive to pain signals and inflammatory responses. Poor spine alignment is best addressed with the help of a chiropractor. Chiropractors are experts in re-establishing spine balance by recognizing misalignment and poor movement patterns and helping correct them.
Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is the authority in spine alignment in the U.S. This research-based elite approach is designed to maximize results with non-invasive holistic techniques. Restoring spine alignment is always the first step in building sustainable health and preventing unnecessary pain and/or injury. Not only will treatment help you manage your pain, it will boost your quality of life and minimize the need for harsh treatments like medication and surgery.
Find a CBP provider in your area
While some pain is necessary in life, chronic pain is both miserable and unnecessary. With the help of a CBP provider, you can feel in control of your pain. See if a CBP professional is available in your area to address your pain and quality. Get in touch with them to see what options are available for your and your pain complaints.