One way of looking at pain is to see it as a signal by the body to stop us from activities and movements that might be harmful or cause further injury. By taking a “painkiller” we not only put pressure on our stomach and liver to process the chemical, but in the absence of the pain sensation, we also continue to make movements that cause further injury to the affected part. Managing pain using chemical substances is not a sustainable treatment option.
Under the STEPS Program©, treating injuries is achieved by stimulating the body to repair the injury and release natural painkillers as opposed to using chemical anti-inflammatories or immunosuppressants to manage pain. This approach is a great example of how different the holistic healing approach is to the Western biomedical approach in dealing with a health condition.