What is pain there for?

Most of the time when we think of pain management, we focus on figuring out how to get rid of pain as quickly as possible. But what if we could change that?

I’m not saying we should look for ways to increase pain or just learn to deal with chronic pain. What I’m suggesting is, rather than eliminate it through any means possible, we should start listening to it.

Now, if you’re experiencing chronic pain because of an injury, you likely already know why your pain is there.

However, most chronic pain is not due to an injury, but rather, due to a long-term habit that has led to the body using pain to signal you. That’s right, pain is a signal. It’s the only way your body can communicate that something is off; something’s not right.

Without pain, we would have no way of knowing that there are problems. Pain is your friend. But, when you treat the pain without getting to its root cause, you can drive that imbalance deeper into the body, leading to more serious problems.

The key is to try to find the cause of pain, rather than just treating the symptom. There are many causes of chronic pain:

  • poor posture
  • food allergies
  • weak core muscles
  • prolonged sitting
  • tight muscles
  • tension
  • trapped emotions
  • repetitive movements

Once you get to the bottom of your pain, where it’s coming from and what your body is trying to tell you, finding a real solution becomes much more approachable.

Monica Mitzel, nutritional consultant, herbalist, gut health specialist & life coach/mentor

black and white image of a man in a white T-shirt clutching his elbow in pain