Imagine you are a postman and you had a letter that you had to deliver. You go to the house and knock on the door. No one is home so you decide to come back the next day. The next day, you see a car in the driveway, so you knock on the front door again and perhaps you go around to the back door and knock there. On the third day, as you’re walking up to the house, you see the curtain move in the window...now, you know that someone is home. You knock on the front door, side door and no one answers. Because you know someone is home, you knock louder and louder until finally, the door opens and the person shouts “what do you want????” You hand them your letter and you leave.
Pain is your letter, and the message has to be delivered. It will start off subtle and keep knocking at your door until you decide to answer. The good news is, once you open the door and receive your message, the pain goes away.
But, what do most people do instead?
They numb out the messages from their body. They eat more food, sit on the couch and watch TV, go shopping, or take drugs to distract themselves from experiencing and feeling.
In general, when a pain or body signal comes up, people turn to over-the-counter medication, such as Advil or Tylenol. They try to numb the pain so that they don’t feel it anymore. If that doesn’t work, they turn to something stronger, such as prescription drugs.
Imagine you had hurt your knee running and decided to take Advil or Tylenol to numb the pain. If the Advil “worked” and your knee pain stopped, does that mean that your knee is no longer damaged? No! It means that you have successfully “tricked” your brain into thinking that everything is ok when it’s not. What would happen if you now continued to go running on your injured knee? You’d probably hurt yourself even more.
How does the medication know where to go?
When people take a pill, they imagine that the pill knows exactly where to go in order to relieve them of their symptoms. This is not true. Imagine you had a backache and took Advil for the pain. The pill does not have little massagers that go directly to your back pain to relieve it. The medication does not have a GPS system on it nor does it know how to locate only one area to create an effect. When taking medication, it works on your ENTIRE BODY at the same time to numb it all out! Medication is also tough on the liver that needs to detoxify the chemicals that are now in your body.
Now, I’m not saying that all medication is bad. Medication has its place in healthcare and it needs to be used with caution and care.
By developing your body awareness, you can receive your body’s messages at an earlier stage and avoid the suffering altogether!
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Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization Chiropractic in Ottawa, Canada.