Unlevel Posture And Mystery Pain

Mystery pain, frequently called ‘referred pain’ is a pain (or other symptom) that is found in one area of the body, but which actually originates and ‘travels’ into another area.

Coming off your spine are 23 pairs of nerves which travel to all tissues and organs of your body.  Your nerves transmit the signals from your brain and are responsible for everything within the realm of human existence.   Without them, you could not see, hear, taste, touch, smell, feel heat or cold, pleasure or pain.

Without your nerves, your body would be the ultimate representation of sensory deprivation; no messages could get out and none could come in.  Nothing would function normally and one would be a prisoner within their own body, and that’s exactly what mystery pain causes many people to feel like – a prisoner.

Often Plays “Hide and Seek”

When these nerves in your spine become stretched, chaffed, irritated, pinched or compressed, then pain, numbness, tingling and other symptoms often travel down the course of those nerves to a mid point, or to where the nerve ends.

This ‘traveling’ aspect of nerve impulses in your body can create pain or poor body function in an area other than where the problem is actually originating from.  This is why referred pain is often mysterious.

It plays “hide & seek.”  It hides – and we must seek and find the cause.

Examples of Referred Pain

Examples of mystery pain are some misdiagnosed carpal tunnel problems of which even though many are related to the wrist, many symptoms are likewise instead coming from compression of the nerves in the neck which REFERS pain into the wrist.

Some leg pain is caused by diabetes or clogged arteries leading to poor circulation, but far more leg pain comes from compression of nerves in the lower back, which REFERS the pain into the legs and feet.

The same is true with arm, hand and finger pain and numbness; often REFERRED into the arms by compression of the nerves in the neck.

Another example is that of headaches, which are often caused by compression of nerves in the neck – and the pain is REFERRED into the head.  The list goes on and on and on…..

Like Hippocrates….. “Look Well to the Spine for the Cause.”

Referred pain is one of the greatest reasons for such a huge amount of misery in America.  Traditionally, medical science focuses on treating the effects of pain or dysfunction, rather than searching for the cause of the dysfunction usually found further “up the line.”

Chiropractors are trained to trace the nerve all the way to its source, the spine, which is where most pain and many health problems originate.  As Hippocrates once said, “Look well to the spine for the cause.”

The vast majority of mystery pain, numbness, tingling, burning, and muscle weakness in the human body can be traced back to the nerves coming out of the spine.

In many cases of medical treatment, successful resolution is never found because treatment is aimed at the point of pain, rather than from where the problem is originating.

In some cases, body parts are even cut off or cut out!   This would be like throwing your hard drive out the window because of a paper jam in the printer.  In many cases, the person just continues to suffer.

Only when the CAUSE is addressed can a resolution secured.

Difficult Problems Often Have Simple Solutions

Difficult problems often have simple solutions – if one just knows where to look.   Referred pain is not normal; however, it is extremely common.   By closely examining the spine, the seemingly unrelated and seldom thought of sources of referred pain of mysterious origins are often traced, located and conquered.

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About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

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