You feel pain or discomfort at certain places because there is an abnormally large amount of pressure there. That is it. Unless you are plugged into a socket (electricity) the thing that hurts in your body is that there is too much pressure on that thing.
It does not matter if the pressure is caused by misaligned bones, swelling or anything else that might increase pressure enough to get your attention. You can check this by pushing around a boil or pimple. It hurts a bit (or more). If you lance the boil or pimple and release the pressure, when you push on it or around it again, the pain will be less or will be gone because the pressure is reduced or gone.
Same with bones. If you twist a bone and squeeze it while it is twisted, you will find the bone is tender when you squeeze. If you remove the twist and do the same squeeze you will find it is not tender. If you happen to do this test on a bone and it is tender at the start before you twist it, you can bet that bone is being twisted abnormally right at that point by something in the body -- usually a misalignment somewhere else. If you try to twist it more and the pain goes away you have actually untwisted it. If you twist it more and it hurts more, you have added twist in the direction it was already being twisted.
pic of body injured and then compensating showing the point of pain months or years later at the compensation
HERE IS THE KEY
From the information above you can determine that the truth of the matter is that the places you hurt are never where the misalignment you need corrected is. The pain or discomfort is at the place to which the body has shifted the pressure by compensating.
How do we get to that determination?
If your body cannot handle mechanical stress or pressure on a bone because it is out of position in a way the body cannot self-correct, it will compensate and shift the pressure off that bone onto some other part of the body. That "other part of the body" could be close to the site or it can be far away from the site of the misalignment the body cannot self-correct, but the body will certainly shift the mechanical stress to some other body part so it is off the part that cannot handle it. (Otherwise you will immediately have a break or worse -- which sometimes does happen.)
Therefore, when you are in pain and there has not been a direct impact on your body, the place that hurts is not the place of the misalignment causing the body so much difficulty. There might be a misalignment at the point of pain also, but it is compensatory for something else that set the body off to begin with. This is why so many treatments such as surgery and manipulation of the area of pain fail when they fail. (Remember that when they do not fail they are usually just shifting the mechanical pressure elsewhere for the body to deal with later.)
Thinking it through and experimenting with it, you will find that when a vertebra moves out of position in a direction the body cannot self-correct (because there are no muscles that pull in the direction opposite the direction it moves) you will also find the body cannot handle the mechanical stress put on that point in the direction the bone is misaligned.
Since the body cannot handle the mechanical stress put on the point the it cannot self-correct, the body has to shift itself around so the mechanical stress will be on a part that can handle the stress or it will become very unstable.
You can see this instability when someone looses their balance doing something usually easy to do. Then, after getting the misalignments their body cannot self-correct realigned, they can again do the activity without any difficulty. As a matter of fact, they can usually then do the activity with such ease that you wonder if they really had a difficulty in the first place.
This point of being able to do something with so little difficulty or no difficulty after the vertebrae are realigned is something you can test with your doctor.
Show him this section and ask him to demonstrate. Unless you are having big problems you must be prepared to notice small changes in your body.
The reason is that when your doctor really corrects what is wrong with your body (any type of doctor, chiropractor, naturopath, osteopath, and occasionally even a medical doc or physical therapist) it is not that you will feel good, it is that your body will work so well there will be nothing to notice at all.
For many, the fact that when things are well with your body, it works so well you do not notice it at all, is a new realization.
Most people have been going to doctors so they will feel good. This leads to things like becoming addicted to drugs in an attempt to artificially create good feelings.
Reading this here is often the first time many people understand that a doctor should be getting their body well so it works fine and that when their body is working well they will have little attention on the body (like a well running car - you don't think how it is running).
Reading this is also the first time many people realize what a trap it is to think that feeling good is what you should want from a doctor (any kind of doctor). When you think that way you get caught in the trap of drugs and searching for something that is not there.
The key is to realize that your body working well is not the source of feeling good (read on for how to feel good). When people realize that doctors are supposed to fix their body so they can get on with life without having to worry about their body much, they start using doctors to get their body fixed up rather than to feel good.
If you have pain and the doctor cannot really fix your body so you do not have pain you can then realize you should see someone else about getting your body fixed. That is when people start seeing someone who does Advanced BioStructural Correction™