What Is Pain?

First, I would like to say I am not a licensed medical doctor, and I cannot diagnosis symptoms, this is just a non-professional opinion about a very important subject matter, that I encourage people to discuss with their naturopathic physicians.

So with that being said, what is pain? 

Pain can be defined a bunch of different ways.

It really depends on the person and situation in hand.

According to Webster dictionary pain, is a noun and can have two definitions. One being “ a localized or generalized unpleasant bodily sensation or complex of sensations that causes mild to severe physical discomfort and emotional distress and typically results from bodily disorder (such as injury or disease). The second definition that Webster defines is “a basic sensation that is induced by a noxious stimulus, is received by naked nerve endings, is associated with actual or potential tissue damage, is characterized by physical discomfort (such as pricking, throbbing or aching), and typically leads to evasive action. Webster also mentions that pain can be mental or emotional distress and a trouble.

Doctors describe pain as sensations and numbers on a pain scale.

I as a certified massage therapist, who is also certified in pain management, and who works with pain every single day, I can tell you, this is very vague.

My pain is different from your pain.

Your pain today might be tomorrows pleasure as weird as that sounds. Pain changes and I believe to some degree its very difficult to measure because of that reason and because the vast majority experience pain in different ways.

Some clients laugh when I work on their trigger points, the medical term for knots in the body.


Knots are built up tension is the muscle.

All pain is acidosis.

So with that being said pain is more complex.

Pain is mental, physical and psychological.

Everything can be connected to pain; it also has a lot to do with our gut.

Our micro biome is everything.

Cleaning out the old digested waste will help dissolve the trigger points.


Pain can be emotional.

For example, I lost my dog Lucky. He was my child, my best friend. That dog was everything to me until I met my love of my life, who, has been with me for two years, but helped me through Lucky’s passing.

It is still difficult to even wrap my head around this subject.

It literally hurts to think about him some days because that’s all I want is one hug from my boy that I will never get again until we meet at the rainbow bridge.

I know this article sounds a bit morbid, and pain can be that too.

However, it is very important to address and discuss.

A lot of people put their pain aside and hope for the best, and that’s really an unhealthy approach.

Health is dealing with pain head on. If you are experience muscle pain, such as back, or hip pain is the common areas, see a chiropractor and massage therapist. They really do go hand in hand.

Don’t be afraid of a chiropractor.

Yes there are good massage therapists, and bad ones, well it’s not that they are bad…

Let me explain, as humans we have high expectations our therapists or chiropractor. We tend to put these types of professionals on a pedestal.

There are some chiropractors with higher levels of knowledge and there are some who just graduate and are fresh out of school.

The point is whatever you are going through in life whether its muscle pain, pain from a loss of a loved one, or throbbing pain because you had broken a bone, you need to seek some type of relief.


The best way to prevent pain is to take it day by day.
I personally recommend a healing journal.

The purpose of a healing journal is trial and error. For

example, I was diagnosis with Hashimoto’s thyroid disease.

Remember, a dis-ease is a disruption of perfect health for our bodies to thrive optimal.

Health is just not being sick but feeling absolutely wonderful.

When I was diagnosed, I definitely was not feeling my best.

A lot of it had to do with the amount of processed sugar I was consuming every day.

But I wouldn’t have figured this information out without my healing journal.

My healing journal is special to me, you can make it your own by decorating the cover and adding your declaration (which in short, is love letter to your self and a commitment of non-negotiable commitments to yourself).

For example, a non-negotiable that I have is I will no longer put any animal products into my body (unless its honey, which, for now, I consider to be a living food). 

However, the idea of the journal is to try different healing approaches. Such as acupuncture and the point of the journal is every time you try acupuncture see how it effects the body and go from there, because most of the time you have to try it more then once. Then you stop doing it completely and journal how you feel and see if you notice a difference between your old entries vs. current ones.


Pain is usually the last receptor that we feel in our brain.

So it’s important to consult with our mentors, naturopaths, and community, who might be going through the same thing and trying to utilize natural methods as well.

When I was diagnosed I was looking for ways to heal the disease, because with this disease, the body is said to attack itself. Doctors can help to some degree but they only know so much as the body would never attack itself. It is simply a response to accidental and continual self poisoning. 

Most medical doctors, believe it or not, don’t even take a pain management course or nutrition course, for their studies and if they do it’s a simple one not in depth. (my one hundred hour course was definitely in depth, but even that could go off into other tangents to make it even full time career).

Pain is our teacher, let it teach you, listen to what your body is trying to tell you, go within and start to take control.

Written by: Michelle Kobel; Expert Blogger 

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