A few weeks ago, I asked one of my practice members, “How are you functioning today?” He looked at me inquisitively and responded, “Don’t you mean, how am I feeling today?”
So we began to have a discussion about the difference between feeling and function. Is it “feeling” or “function” that you should pay close attention to?
Did you know that less than 10% of your nervous system perceives pain? Doesn’t it make sense to pay attention to the nerves that control your organs, glands and systems? It’s the 90% that determine your health and it has nothing to do with pain and symptoms.
When you are not able to successfully adapt to your physical and emotional stress, you blocks your brain’s vital messages to your organs and body. When your organs and body receive less healing information from the brain they begin to malfunction and disease. Often this occurs silently, just like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and cavities develop silently in your body for years.
The latest research from the American Heart Association show it takes 20-25 years of slowly clogging your arteries before you will finally have a heart attack. The first symptom for 42% of all heart attack victims is the heart attack itself and that can be deadly. The American Cancer Association latest research show it takes 7-15 years of a cancerous tumor developing in your body before the newest most sophisticated machines CT Scan, MRI, Sonogram will detect them. It takes 2 1/2 years of a cavity destroying your teeth until you feel a toothache. By then it’s too late, it’s drill and fill time.
The same thing with your spine. By the time you feel headaches, neck pain or back pain, your problems have probably been there for months or years.
How can all these health problems occur silently for months or years? Because current research reveals you can only feel or perceive pain in 10% of your entire body! That’s right, 90% of your body is only for function and cannot feel or perceive pain. Many of us grew up and were taught that if you felt pain you were sick and if you felt no pain you were healthy.
When someone now asks you, “How are you feeling?”, you can answer, “I’m functioning just fine!”