What is the first thing you think of when you have pain in your body? I’m willing to bet it is how to get rid of it. That definitely makes sense and, honestly, who can blame you? The thing about pain is that our body gives it to us as a warning that we need to stop and check on ourselves to see what may be going on. Compare pain to a lit up dash board warning light. If the light said “check engine,” would you put a big piece of tape over the light and keep driving, hoping the problem goes away? I think not. However, most people pop pain killers when they have aches or pains and hope it goes away. Although that might be convenient and may work once in a while, do you really think that’s what your body wants or needs?
The truth is, most people treat their cars better than their own bodies. They bring it in for oil changes every couple of months, get tune ups regularly, get it washed and vacuumed weekly, and feed it the best gas they can afford. If they hear a strange sound, they bring the car in to get checked to see what is wrong with it. The sad thing is, our car doesn’t need to last at least 80 years… but our bodies do. In fact, people aren’t living into their nineties and hundreds and we need to address that. The first step is taking better care of our bodies than our cars.
The way the body is made is absolutely perfect. Our nervous system sends messages from our brain to our body and back to our brain, to alert us if there is a problem. Just like the reflex when we touch a hot stove, our body automatically pulls our hand away. Pain like headaches, back, neck and stomach aches or even acid reflux, are signals our bodies give us to ask for help. Taking pain killers, antacids, and muscle relaxants end up not correcting the problem, but hiding it. Not only do these problems get worse, but the side effects of the medications are adding more damage than when we started. Did you know that Chiropractic is not just for back and neck pain? We are nervous system specialists. We look for the cause of your pain. Since the brain, spinal cord and nerves are the master systems of the body, if there is a blockage in nerve flow; the body can’t heal and will ultimately get sick.
Next time you feel pain think about what your body is trying to tell you. Before you take that pain killer for the fourth time this week, do your body a favor and get it checked by someone who won’t give you a prescription for your pain, but will help you find the cause and help you correct it. Chiropractic is a great place to start to find the cause of your problem. To get started, give Full Life Chiropractic a call at (201)-385-7800 to set up your appointment today. We have two locations, Full Life Chiropractic in Haworth (153 Madison Ave, Haworth, NJ 07641) and The Body Image Boutique (96 E Allendale Road, Saddle River, NJ 07458.) See you soon!