Pain: An indicator for action, but an inhibitor of healing

Like a warning light on a dashboard or a reminder on a phone, the body utilizes pain as a communicator between mind and body to deliver a message: be aware… something you don’t want to happen is happening. Without pain, a child would place hands on a stove, and not know to pull them away until it was too late. It acts as a critical part of the nervous system… the first responder.

However, past the initial indication of concern, pain becomes a problem. Obviously uncomfortable and irritating, it can directly block true and complete healing. Prolonged or acute pain acts as a barrier between an individual’s innate ability to heal, and the suitable environment necessary to do so. To achieve the optimum level of functioning desired from one’s body and one’s life, pain needs to be addressed at the source, not just numbed for a few hours or days.

If lasting relief is yet to be found, here are two alternatives to consider:

Trigger Point Therapy:

Named for its design and ability to target muscular pain at the exact site, Trigger Point Injections (TPI) allow muscles that are flexing, spasming, or otherwise firing to the detriment of the surrounding musculature. These points are often referred to as ‘knots’…difficult to soothe, but hugely beneficial to the area when soothing occurs. Hyperirritable points that hurt whether the muscle is moving or not are considered ‘active’ trigger points, usually caused by injury or stress. Conversely, ‘latent’ trigger points are generally tender, but only incur tangible pain when pressed on or used heavily. Fortunately, TPI is an effective treatment for both types, and can be considerably cheaper than prescription medications or surgery.

Prolotherapy:

Rather than treating muscle pain, Prolotherapy targets tendon, ligament, and cartilage pain. This is a critical difference, because although many remedies exist for pain in the muscles, few effective treatments exist for these highly-utilized links between muscles and bones. Furthermore, copious blood flow exists within the body’s muscles, but ligaments and tendons are particularly small in mass and surface area, making them already difficult for the body to mend. To combat the low blood supply, Prolotherapy creates a very precise, specific inflammation that brings nutrients and other essentials for long-term repair.