There are two types of pain: Acute pain and chronic pain.

Acute pain

is the result of any immediate trauma such as stubbing your toe.

Chronic pain

is pain that has lasted for 6 months or longer, such as lower back pain. The best way to keep acute pain from becoming chronic pain is immediate treatment. But, what exactly in your body causes pain? After all, if we can identify the cause of your pain, then we can also identify how to remove the cause (the cure.) So, what makes you feel pain? Let us use some examples of physical tissue injuries to help understand how pain occurs. When you stub your toe, stress your joints, or slip and fall, chemical reactions occur in your body. Those chemical reactions include lowering your acid-alkaline pH balance. Your body normal pH level is 6.0-6.8. Below 6.0 is too acidic and above 6.8 is too alkaline. A tissue injury causes your pH level to become lower locally at the site of the wound. Then, lower acid PH results in swollen cells (edema.) Swollen cells may constrict your capillaries; circulation resulting in:

  1. Lower oxygen to the cells.
  2. Slower drainage of lactic acid (metabolic toxin) from the cells.
  3. Hindered repair of damaged cells.

Then, your nervous system sends a message to your brain: Ouch! That’s what causes pain.

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