Some pain is splitting, pounding and stabbing – like a throbbing headache that keeps us housebound.
And other pain is aching, cramping or radiating – like arthritis in the knee that makes it painful to go upstairs.
Some pain is short-lived, while other pain nags us each and every day.
But whatever the type and feeling of pain, the experience of pain can get in the way of day-to-day life.
But what is pain? How does it even start? Why do we feel it? And what is it telling us about what’s happening in our body? To understand how pain happens (and how we feel it) we have to take a trip into the body to look at pain from the inside out.
What is pain?
Pain is a protective mechanism that tells our body that something isn’t right – that there’s an injury or trauma that must be tended to.
Pain generally falls into one of two categories: acute and chronic.
- Acute pain usually feels sharp, stabbing, splitting, pounding and/or radiating, and generally goes away after the injury is healed. Examples of acute pain include a headache, cramps, twisting our ankle, stubbing our toe or bumping our funny bone.
- Chronic pain generally feels more dull, radiating, crushing or spreading. Unlike acute pain, which leaves when the area has healed, chronic pain can torment us day after day. Examples of chronic pain include knee or joint pain, muscle aches due to wear and tear, or osteoarthritis.
Whether our pain is chronic or acute, one thing is common: most pain grinds activities to a screeching halt.
Pain and Inflammation
You may have heard of inflammation, but what does it mean in the context of pain? Have you ever noticed that when you stub your toe or bump your funny bone, that the area becomes red and swollen? This is inflammation, your body’s protective response to painful stimuli, at work! The body creates inflammation to send blood and fluid to the tissue. In the short term, inflammation helps the damaged tissue to heal.
But if inflammation sticks around for the long term, like with osteoarthritis, its purpose is no longer productive. Inflammatory mediators stick around the injured joint. And to add insult to injury, they can actually make the sensation of pain more intense!
A Headache Isn’t An Aspirin Deficiency
The go-to solution for many types of pain is to pop a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, also known as an NSAID, like Aspirin, Tylenol or Advil. When used day after day, these guys can be hard on the body – especially the gut. Plus, these types of drugs don’t do anything to treat the actual cause of the pain – once the painkiller wears off, the pain often returns.
Conventional prescriptions can have many side-effects as well.
Natural options for dealing with these types of pain include herbal remedies with limited effectiveness, or muscle relaxants that lead to drowsiness. But such approaches only mask the symptoms, and do nothing to deal with what’s actually causing the pain – also known as the root cause.
Approaching Pain from the Inside Out
Pain is complex. We all have different pain thresholds, and we all experience pain in a different way. Fortunately, there are natural pain relief products that actually work!
Genuine Health developed a whole foods-based pain relief line that works quickly to relieve pain and address the underlying causes that are causing pain.
Genuine Health pain relief products include BiovaFlex® the only natural eggshell membrane that works faster than other eggshell membranes on the market. BiovaFlex® is clinically proven to offer relief in just 5 days, and has been found to reduce C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation.
For acute pain:
Think: pulsing, pounding, shooting, stabbing
fast pain relief+ is designed for fast relief of acute pain, like headaches and muscle cramps. FAST pain relief+ relieves the stabbing, pounding pain of headaches, backaches and cramps thanks to a blend of BiovaFlex® natural eggshell membrane and white willow bark (known as “Nature’s Aspirin”) and devil’s claw.
For relief of creaky, painful joints and (prevention of future creaky, painful joints):
fast joint care+ helps to keep you more active and moving well, thanks to pure BiovaFlex®!
For chronic joint pain (that isn’t arthritis):
Think: aching, spreading
fast joint care+ is designed to keep the weekend warriors, athletes and active people moving! FAST joint care+ provides relief from joint pain, stiffness and inflammation, thanks to BiovaFlex® natural eggshell membrane, which nourishes and repairs joints – naturally!
For chronic joint pain and high levels of inflammation:
Think radiating, pinching, gnawing
fast joint care+ with fermented turmeric nourishes and repairs joints with BiovaFlex® and provides amplified anti-inflammatory action, thanks to fermented turmeric. And it works in just 5 days!
For severe pain (including osteoarthritis):
Think stiffening, spreading
fast arthritis pain relief+ works in only 5 days to relieve the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis, and nourish and repair joints, using BiovaFlex® natural eggshell membrane, plus bromelain (an anti-inflammatory enzyme derived from pineapples) and AvoVida® (an avocado extract that’s been proven to increase joint space lost due to arthritis).