5 Silent Ways PAIN May be Costing You

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When we use the word “pain,” we normally associate it with a strong physical discomfort we feel in a particular area of our body. It’s a headache, or a stomachache, or a backache, or a stubbed finger or toe…

Pain is the hurting sensation we link to that contained area of discomfort. For this reason, people are often not motivated to solve a problem solely because they are in pain. They wait for the pain to dissipate, or pop an aspirin to temporarily numb the painful sensation they are feeling.

For many people, the main motivation to take real action to solve a problem is the impact the pain or problem is having on their life. What are they restricted from doing? Who are they prevented from being? What have they been forced to give up? What is the actual cost?

For many people, the main motivation to take real action to solve a problem is the impact the pain or problem is having on their life.

And left unresolved up to that point, the pain or symptom might have gradually worsened over time, while the person had been completely unaware of the dramatic effects the condition was already placing on their life. They forget, gradually and silently, how much they used to accomplish or how stress-free their life used to be.

The thing is, pain and symptoms can affect your life in more broad and dramatic ways than the apparent discomfort you may seem to be experiencing in the moment.

In today’s post we’ll be exploring the most common ways pain or symptoms may be costing you vitality. We’ll also discuss how you can get back on track with your health, so you feel better and perform better in your life.

1. You Have to Give Up a Hobby or a Sport

Pain, as a physical discomfort, makes it very common for people to be forced into giving up a sport or an activity. You feel the pain, and naturally you want to rest in order to feel better. It may start as a temporary break, however, as the pain or symptom persists over a longer period of time, the break turns into something more permanent. In many cases, you start feeling that your body is breaking down because of age. And before long, age becomes the excuse for what pain was initially culpable for.

“I am too old for this now, my body can’t keep up,” or “My body isn’t what it used to be.” Does this sound familiar to you? Perhaps you’ve heard someone say it, you’ve said it yourself, or you’ve thought about it at some point.

You feel the pain, and naturally you want to rest in order to feel better. It may start as a temporary break, however, as the pain or symptom persists over a longer period of time, the break turns into something more permanent.

We see many people in our office saying that they are experiencing some kind of pain for which they had to trade in their favorite sport or activity. The irony is that in some cases, these people are only in their twenties or thirties, and they emphasize the “aging” part in why they had to stop being active.

Yes, our bodies age but by no means does this mean you shouldn’t be able to enjoy your sports or hobby. Maybe you’ll have to adjust the degree of physical exertion depending on age, but regardless of what phase of life you are in, you should be living a life full of vitality, performing at your optimal level.


“…I felt an unbearable sharp pain in my lower back of my spine. I’ve never felt anything like that in my life. It was to the point where minimal movement like walking actually hurt and boarding the bus felt like a chore. The thought of not being able to dance at my fullest potential scares me even more, I could not get into bed like I normally do and instead I took 5 minutes to get in and out of bed. I knew I had to get my spine checked.” – Brandon Lim

It is NOT normal to be experiencing pain. Pain is a warning sign.

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2. You Have a Short Fuse

You are in pain. What once seemed funny, no longer is a joke to you. You’re moody and much more sensitive to your surroundings. Your patience wears out fast and the general sense of annoyance you feel is greater.

A deal you’ve been working on for months is hitting a wall, and you find yourself slamming the phone down or banging on your desk. Your laptop is acting up, and you’re jamming down on the power button rapidly until you’re pouring out the frustration on the keyboard. Your children are being unruly, and you break down covered in tears and anger.

Pain takes a toll. It may be common to be suffering from a headache, neck pain or low back pain, but once that pain is manifested as stress, affecting your daily mood and everything around you, it is no longer common. Common does not mean it’s normal. And you do not have to tolerate the pain that is causing this.

Find the true cause of your pain and find the right solution for it before it starts affecting your daily life in negative ways.


“… After a *few initial weekly adjustments on my spine at the clinic and the daily exercises as instructed to me, I must admit that there are some goodness about this care. I can now breathe and sleep better. The best part of it is I have this happy feeling inside me and get less easily agitated.” – Koh Eng Choon

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3. Your Relationships Suffer

You are in pain, and you don’t want to be active. You want to rest and be left alone. Your partner wants to go out on a date or your child wants to go to the beach for a day of fun, but you don’t want to. And even if you do, it’s very unlikely that you’ll be able to enjoy yourself fully.

You are in pain, and your patience level is low. This fact can be seen in the way you speak, act, and the way you react in all the interactions that you have with anyone around you. It’s difficult for your colleagues to approach you to discuss important matters, your friends leave you out for the time being, your partner prefers to let you be, or your children are scared they might get you angry.

Pain does not only affect you but also everyone around you.

You are in pain, and you aren’t happy with the way it is affecting you and the people around you. You feel the change in your attitude and how it’s taking a toll in your relationships.

But you are the only one who can get yourself out of it. Find out what is causing the pain, and find the right way to treat it. Do not let pain override the wealth of your relationships.


“It started with me having difficulties in carrying my newborn for extended periods of time and quickly escalated toextreme tightness in my chest and frequent pounding headaches.
 Life was not good. After an unnecessarily prolonged struggle, I decided to take action against this frustrating discomfort. I haven’t regretted since. Chiropractic care has brought back the simple joys in my life”. – Derrick Yong

4. You Can’t Concentrate

Concentration means that you are 100% focused on the task at hand. People have their own unique ways of eliminating distractions in order to concentrate. Some may turn off their phones; others may clean the top of their desks to make an immaculate workspace without any potential distractions.

What happens when the distraction is not removable? What if it’s a stomachache, a pain flaring up in your neck or shoulders? How do you concentrate in those circumstances?

What happens when the distraction is not removable? What if it’s a stomachache, a pain flaring up in your neck or shoulders? How do you concentrate in those circumstances?

You can chose to ignore it, you can try a pill, but what if the task at hand is a lengthy project that needs hundreds of hours of focus and commitment? What if you are a student with months to go in your preparation for the big test? Concentration will translate to the results, which leads to the fifth and final point of this post.


“.. And I cannot do well in school but after doing the chiropractic for quite a few session and doing the OSA (Original Scheduled of Adjustments), I felt much better. I wake up early in the morning feling good in school, I do better in my studies andexams due to be able to listen well while my teacher are teaching the topic…” – Denzel Wong

5. You Achieve Less

Let’s face it, when you’re in pain, you’re can’t think well, you’re constantly on edge, and you can’t concentrate. So many facets of your life are affected, from your personal relationships to the work you are producing. You start finding excuses for why you aren’t performing as well, and you compensate for the pain by reducing your expectations.

“That’s good enough considering how I’m feeling.” “I’ll just speak to her/him once I’m feeling better.” “I’ll just beat the budget next quarter once I get through this health challenge.”

Let’s face it, when you’re in pain, you’re can’t think well, you’re constantly on edge, and you can’t concentrate. You start finding excuses for why you aren’t performing as well, and you compensate for the pain by reducing your expectations.

Perhaps you aren’t affected too drastically in the near term. But with time the pain escalates and soon it prompts you to make trade offs, procrastinate, or give up. You are no longer living your optimal life, and settling for less.

Pain in a warning sign your body send you, asking you to respond. Get to the bottom of it, and unlock the full potential of your health.  Have you been reading through this post, nodding through some of the points?

We help many people who struggle with pain in our chiropractic centers every day. We help individuals and families locate the real cause of their pain, and address it so that they can feel and perform better every day of their lives.

Here’s the Good News!

Have you been reading through this post, nodding through some of the points?

Chiropractic is a 100% natural healthcare approach, specializing in restoring the health and alignment of your spine, as well as optimizing the overall function of your nervous system.

The road to optimal health and vitality all starts with a checkup.

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About the Author:

Dr Zachary Donnici

Dr. Zak was the founding vice president of World Chiropractic Alliance (Singapore), a leading vitalistic professional chiropractic association in Singapore and also served as the association’s president. Through the association. Dr. Zak is a highly sought after speaker on natural healthcare and peak performance. He has given talks to many companies and organizations including Hewlett Packard, The Singapore Ministry of Education, NYK Shipping and many more.

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