How Chiropractic Can Help with Inflammation
By Sara Butler
You see a chiropractor to help you deal with a lot of health issues, but did you know chronic inflammation is yet another thing your chiropractor can help you with? That’s right, chiropractic care can help you manage chronic inflammation as well as the symptoms it can cause – and here’s how.
What Causes Inflammation?
Inflammation is your body’s response to injury, irritation, or infection. It’s set in motion by your body’s immune system. When the inflammation ceases to be acute and starts to be chronic, it can cause a laundry list of symptoms such as reduced joint function and pain. As your body attempts to deal with chronic inflammation, it creates more inflammation. It’s a vicious cycle that leaves you feeling crummy and needs to be dealt with at its source.
Signs of Chronic Inflammation
Many people are unaware they have chronic inflammation until they are diagnosed with a disorder or disease related to it. But you don’t have to wait for that kind of diagnosis to discover if you are being impacted by it. A few signs of chronic inflammation you can look for include:
- Joint pain
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Weight gain
- Joint stiffness
- Shortness of breath
When your body is in a state of constant stress then you may indulge in foods that make inflammation worse, and your immune system will be constantly barraged leading to even more inflammation.
How Your Chiropractor Can Help
You may be wondering how on earth a chiropractor, who focuses on spinal health, can help you with chronic inflammation. The answer lies with the immune system.
You chiropractor can adjust your spine, relieving any joint restrictions or dysfunctions that are causing irritation to your spinal nerves. Once this pressure is removed, then it allows your body to communicate better, leading to a better functioning immune system less inclined to go haywire in the fight against inflammation.
When you see your chiropractor, they will do an exam and evaluate your spine. They use the information gathered to find the source of your pain. They will then begin a treatment plan with you that will aim to address and resolve the issues you’re having with chronic inflammation.
If you’re worried that you may be experiencing symptoms of chronic inflammation, discuss it with your chiropractor the next time you’re at The Joint!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.