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Pain does not mean harm

Updated: Nov 14, 2022

Just because you are experiencing pain, doesn’t mean that what you are doing is causing more damage. Consider this analogy - have you ever been sunburnt before? Maybe you forgot to re-apply or maybe it was a cloudy day. Whatever the case may be, sunburns are not fun.

Sunburn is damage to the epidermis layer (top layer) of your skin due to UV exposure. This causes your skin to become red, hot, and painful. After a long day of being out in the sun, you decide to take a shower. As soon as the hot water hits your sunburn, you are screaming in agony. Thus, you are experiencing pain. Yet, the hot water isn’t causing any more damage to your skin. If anything, it is helping bring back moisture to your skin. But it is painful…

The same thing is true with other injuries to our body. Just because you have some low back pain, doesn’t mean you can’t bend forward and put on your socks, even if it's painful. Sure the activity might be painful, but that doesn’t mean you are causing more injury.

This also means that if your doctor prescribes exercises, you can’t use the excuse that they are painful to not do them. Just like how the water can help moisturize the skin after sunburn, the exercises (even if they are painful) can help your body in the long run.

If you or someone you know is experiencing pain, give us a call at (615)-900-5187 and let us help you!

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