good pain vs bad pain

pain-scale

What type of pain do you have?

Is it good pain or bad pain? Pain is the body’s response to physical stress.  Is your answer based on intensity that you self-evaluated on the typical pain scale of 1-10?  The medical profession defines two types of pain: acute or short term even-driven pain, and chronic or long-term, non-event driven pain.  But which of these is “good pain?” Do you consider all pain as “bad pain?” I find it more useful to define the types of pain as informational or nuisance.

Informational pain tells you that something is not as it should be and needs your attention.  It is like the flashing red oil pressure light on your car’s dashboard. “Something is not right here and you need to pay attention or damage is likely.” Your informational pain is a good thing because it protects your overall health by alerting you to take necessary action. Informational pain is good pain! For most, a sudden headache is an informational pain.  It is signaling that something is not right and it probably is not a lack of aspirin in the diet!  Most likely it is a signal that the person has not eaten or has not gotten enough sleep, or possibly something more serious.

Some pain continues even after you have taken the necessary action to attend to the problem and have done everything medically appropriate.  For example your broken bones and bruised skin and muscles continue to hurt after you have put them in a cast to heal.  The continuing pain is just a nuisance with no good redeeming value to you.  For many, chronic back pain is usually in the same category since there is nothing medically to be done.  Fibromyalgia and migraine headaches are both nuisance types of pain because there is nothing to be done medically for either. Nuisance pain is unnecessary suffering, so I call it “bad” pain.

Mind over “bad” pain

Because your mind runs your body and because your brain interprets the signals from your body into pain or comfort, it is possible to reduce your discomfort from nuisance pain, and even to turn it off completely using mind techniques. Various mind techniques are useful for accomplishing this, and we are here to help you get those techniques. One easy technique is the 60-second Pain Relief Protocol available on the right. →

The medical studies, especially those with live brain scans of people with pain, convince us that “The reign of pain is mainly in the brain!” We are here to help you “dethrone” pain and ends its reign over you.

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