Where Does Pain Come From?
by, Dr. Michael Weir
You may or you may not know this, but our human bodies are absolutely amazing! This last week I had the opportunity to discuss with one of my patients just how adaptable the human body is to stress. I tell all of my patients, this is a good thing cause if we didn't adapt to stress we would probably be dead! In neurology we call this process of adaptability "plasticity". This is your body's ability to change, for the good and the bad. This is why, when you sit at the computer all day, you have a stiff neck at night. Your body literally changes, like a piece of plastic, to the position that you are sitting in.
One thing we have to remember is that these changes do not happen over night. Some take years and years to happen, but I can assure you, if the bones of the spine loose their normal alignment or mobility this will cause problems. Headaches, stiff and painful neck, sinus pain, jaw pain, etc... can all be the result of plasticity. The good news is that the ability of the body to change can be a good thing too! I work with plasticity of the human body every single day with every single patient that I see. As I am helping my patients regain the normal alignment of their spines, we are making changes in a positive direction.
Has the process of plasticity taken place in your body? Odds are, if you work in Bellevue WA, which is were my practice is at, and sit at a computer all day you have developed what I call Computer Neck. If you have headaches, neck pain or stiffness by the end of the day, then you most likely have developed plasticity in your system and need to find a chiropractor. As a chiropractor I can help you to reverse the changes that has taken place in your body and help you regain the normal alignment and motion of your body.
The other sure indicator that this process had occurred is if you have ever been in an automobile accident. Car accidents stretch the structures of the body too far making them more susceptible to this happening. Please, if you have been in a car accident (even if it seems like it was too minor to cause any problems) go and get checked. Car accidents can cause problems that can follow you your entire life!
Its easy to think of pain as something that only happens as a result of an injury, and while pain can come from injurys, there are many other ways to develop pain issues.
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Dr. Michael Weir is a second generation chiropractor following in the foot steps of his father and two uncles. He is board eligible for his diplomat in chiropractic neurology with over 300 hours of post doctorate training. He has extensive, specialized training in examinations and treatment procedures emphasizing primarily the neuromusculoskeletal structures of the body and how they relate to the nervous system. This training helps Dr. Weir detect the cause of your problem to help you get better faster!