It’s pain. Physical pain is the motivator that brings people out of their comfort zone to consult with a doctor, holistic practitioner or chiropractor. Psychological pain will motivate a person to consult with a psychologist, counselor, seek out support groups or start new ones. Spiritual pain will usually inspire you to change your life or help others change theirs.
So, let’s talk about pain for a moment.
For a short time, physical pain is a normal symptom when you have injured a part of your body. A muscle pull or strain typically lasts about 1-2 weeks and the intensity should continually decrease. If muscle pain goes on longer than that, it might be something else; ligament sprain, nerve irritation, a disc problem which may take much longer to heal. Since spinal nerves control all the muscles in the body, a spinal nerve problem can create muscle spasms that don’t let up.
Pain can also be referred by a problem in a seemingly unrelated area. For instance, most low back pain is typically referred from a spinal disturbance in the upper neck region and, many types of headaches show up when there is a pelvic misalignment. In these cases, treating the area of pain gives little relief.
A few months ago I had braces put on and soon after, I started having calf cramps lasting a couple of weeks that wouldn’t release with either continued stretching or taking extra magnesium. After I received a Network entrainment, a.k.a. adjustment, all the calf spasm released. The braces were creating constant pressure and movement of my teeth and since everything is attached, my head and neck bones were also moving. Misalignments occurred in my upper neck along with some spinal cord pressure resulting in calf cramping.
The most important thing to know about pain in any form is that it is “a Call for Change”. Your body can only communicate with you through pain signals to tell you something needs attention or that something might be wrong. Think of it as your own personal smoke detector. Instead of turning it off by taking pain relievers or muscle relaxers, drinking, eating, distracting and trying to forget about it, investigate what might not be working for you or your body and make those changes. Some examples might be a stressful event occurring that you might need to take action on, something in your diet that doesn't agree with you and needs to be removed, physical activities you do that are actually hurting you and should be modified. By finding out what is not working for you and changing it allows real healing to begin and your quality of life to skyrocket.