There’s more to life than just pain relief. Although pain can be very uncomfortable and debilitating, pain is not the problem.
When I see our patients coming in for our services (Chiropractic & Osteopathy) we educate them on how pain is part of the problem e.g. like the fire alarm going off in your home or the light on the dashboard in your car getting you to pay attention to a problem. What painkillers do is act as if they were to snip that wire to the fire alarm or light on the dashboard. So the problem would still be there, but you wouldn’t be aware of it.
You know the more sensible thing to do would be to sort out the underlying problem.
For me, my belief and philosophy is that using Chiropractic or Osteopathy only for pain relief is unethical. See, I grew up in our first family business – a pharmacy. So I saw how a lot of society formed around dealing with medical or health problems with a reductionist view. That meaning focussing on the symptomatic area, rather than a holistic look to find the source of the problem.
A holistic view takes into account the whole.
Pain relief is only to make you comfortable, which is the first step. With true health you want to deal with the source of the problem, resolve it and optimise the body to work better.
Compare a 30 pence packet of paracetamol for pain relief compared to a private treatment that deals with making your body function better.
The paracetamol is not the healthy option. Dealing with the source of the problem is. Otherwise it’s like using our example above, where you constantly are having to put the fire out, but never resolving the underlying condition.