Much of the chronic pain in our lives is totally preventable and
existing pain can be eliminated. This would be possible if people look
responsibility for their own health and made their health a priority in
their lives. However, for most people, this would require a complete
change from the medical model that we have all been conditioned to follow.
So what is the typical medical model? I call it the “fix me” attitude. We go about our lives doing all the things we want to do and much of what we do causes our problems. Then when there is a problem, we go to the doctor or any other heath care practitioner ask them to fix us right away so we can go back to our regular lives. We have been conditioned to look for the quick fix that requires little or no effort on our part, feel that our ability to be pain free depends on the health practitioner, and it is their responsibility to make us better.
There’s nothing wrong with getting help from someone else, as we all need it occasionally, however, there is a big difference between assistance and dependency.
If you want to prevent chronic pain, then the first thing to understand that is YOU must take responsibility for your own health. Taking responsibility for your health means that you cannot destroy your own body and then expect someone else to instantly fix your problems like wiping dirt off a window. This responsibility must be taken every day, not just when you feel pain. If you want to avoid chronic pain in your life, then you must take preventative action. One of the biggest mental hurdles to for people to understand is the idea of prevention. Most people are unwilling to spend time, money, and effort on their health when they do not feel severe pain. When they do not feel pain, they think, “There is nothing wrong with me, so I don’t need to do anything.” However, it is important to remember that when you finally feel pain, it is the accumulation of problems that have been building up for a very long time.
Think about your car. You need to change the oil regularly, rotate the tires, fix the alignment, wash the exterior, condition the interior, etc…. All this is done regularly, even when there are no signs of problems. No one only does maintenance on their cars only after the engine explodes into flames. Imagine how many problems would arise and how fast you would destroy your car if you never did any maintenance on it. Your body is no different. Unfortunately most people take better care of their cars than their own bodies.
As mentioned earlier, taking responsibility for your health must be a priority in your life if you wish to live pain free. Responsibility means making the time, effort, and sometimes a bit of sacrifice. In addition, it may mean doing things you don’t like. Excuses like “I’m too tired” or “I don’t have time” or “I can’t afford it” cannot exist on a regular basis. Chronic excuses will inevitably lead to chronic pain!
As I stated in the beginning, most chronic pains are preventable and existing chronic pain can be eliminated. So the question is whether you are willing to do what is necessary to make that happen. Many people say want help, however, their actions are what ultimately show whether they truly want to resolve their problem or not.