High Pain Threshold is Bad for Your Health?


Most of you have heard me talk about how one of the worst things you can do is use pain as an indicator of your health.  For example, the first sign of cardio-vascular problems is heart attack 40% of the time.  I had a patient the other day go to their MD with lower right stomach pain. He was sent for a CAT scan and then home.  He actually had a ruptured appendix.  They caught it in time, but very easily could have been a different outcome.

Our culture glorifies the guy who can break an arm and doesn’t flinch.  Ignoring your pain and managing your pain are two different things.  Ignoring your pain can get you 6 feet under.  Accepting and managing your pain is how our body is designed to function.

We want to be in-tune with what our body is trying to tell us.  Pain is always the last thing to show up and the first thing to go away when you have a subluxation.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had patients with end phase arthritis in their neck.  They look at the Xray in awe,  turn to me and say, “but my neck never hurt”!!!

Pharmaceuticals are very good at “getting rid” of pain.  They do a great job of getting us to think that if we don’t hurt, we must be healthy.  The news flash is that even the most healthy people have some pain.  There is no such thing as an absence of pain.  It’s a myth.  The sooner we stop chasing the myth, the more we can concentrate on being healthy.  Becoming more healthy involves pain . . .

I started a new work-out routine this week and there is not a place in my body that I’m not sore.  And I mean really sore!  Is it worth it?  The thought doesn’t even cross my mind.

The take-away here is to be in-tune with your body.  Don’t drink the pharmaceutical kool-aide.  Take care of your body, it’s not yours to begin with!

Dr. O