What Is The Difference Between Feeling and Function?

feeling vs function.png

We are often shocked when someone we know who has seemingly perfect health suddenly gets diagnosed with a serious illness.  Simply focusing on how we feel as opposed to actually being healthy can lead to problems that we are unaware of until it’s too late and we’re in the midst of fighting a reactive healthcare battle.  Warning signs such as headaches, tiredness, or digestions problems could be an indication of stress on your nervous system. At the same time, you might not have any signs of problems, but your nervous system still may not be working at optimal levels. Confusing how we feel physically with our overall health and wellness will most assuredly be detrimental to your health in the future.  So, what really is the difference between how you feel versus how your body is functioning? And why does that even matter?

Simply “Feeling Good” Doesn’t Mean Everything Is Okay

Our feelings about the health of our body are not an indication that our body is functioning well.  As with emotional feelings, we can’t always count on physical feelings to be accurate.  Sensory nerves in the body only make up a small part of the central nervous system.  Thus, you are only able to actually feel a very small percentage of what is going on in the body.  Many people have different thresholds of pain or reactions to illnesses, so it’s just not reasonable to assume we can base our health on how we feel at any given time.  In fact, pain is often the last symptom to occur when something is wrong.  Overall body function is the best indication that our bodies are healthy.  A visit to a Bentonville chiropractor can aid in improving body function to ensure bodily systems are functioning at optimal levels.

Don’t Focus on the Feelings

When our main priority becomes focusing on how we feel, our methods for dealing with illness can be way off base.  A usual first line of defense when we don’t feel well is to turn to medication.  While medication will usually alleviate the feelings of pain, it won’t treat the underlying cause of the pain you are experiencing.  Covering up the feelings of discomfort won’t fix the problem, but may actually exacerbate it even further.  It is important that we focus on our body’s function first and foremost to get to the root of the health issue.

Body Function Should Be Our Main Focus

Function is the key to determining our level of health.  How our body is working tells us more about our health than any feeling ever could.  Neurologically-based chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor focuses on the whole body to ensure proper function.  The main goal of chiropractic care is to get to the root of a physical ailment or the sources of the pain to eradicate symptoms, not just mask them for the time being. Don’t be tricked into feeling like everything is fine. The central nervous system, made up of the brain and spinal cord, dictates how our body functions, so it is important to seek chiropractic care to protect your spine and spinal cord.  Focusing on the spine through chiropractic adjustments ensures that you don’t just get sick care, but rather get actual health care, freeing you from illnesses and pain, allowing your body to function properly, and helping you feel great.

If you’re ready to take a step towards health and learn about how your body is actually functioning, give Dr. Tom Niemala a call at Arbor Vitae Chiropractic in Bentonville, AR.



Fernández-Carnero J, Fernández-de-las-Peñas C, Cleland JA. “Immediate hypoalgesic and motor effects after a single cervical spine manipulation in subjects with lateral epicondylalgia.” J Manipulative & Physiological Therapies, 2008 Nov-Dec; 31(9): 675-81. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19028251

Williams, R., Herrup, K. “The control of neuron number.” The Annual Review of Neuroscience, 1988; 11: 423–453. Last revised Sept 28, 2001. http://www.nervenet.org/papers/NUMBER_REV_1988.html#1.