Have Chronic Inflammation? Chiropractic Can Help!
By Donna Kostiew
Many of us have dealt with an injury at some point in our lives and were told to take some ibuprofen and put ice on it to reduce the inflammation. Usually that works and soon after taking those steps, we are back on our feet. But what about those who suffer from chronic inflammation? Chronic inflammation isn’t like a swollen ankle that gets better in a day or two. Chronic inflammation is an immune response that can cause disabling pain or discomfort and can best be described as being stuck in the “on” position.
Inflammation can be good … it is our body’s natural response to injury, infection, and disease and it has a purpose within our bodies. It protects and heals; we wouldn’t be able to recover from injuries without it. Unfortunately though, when it lasts for weeks, months, even years, it can become a completely different health issue, one in which your immune system begins to attack your body’s healthy tissue.
The Nasty Side of Chronic Inflammation
What most people don’t realize is that the choices we make on a daily basis can greatly influence this condition. Lifestyle choices (diet, exercise and sleeping habits) and stress can cause our bodies to have a heightened immune response that leads to an increase in inflammation. Symptoms of chronic inflammation can include:
- Respiratory problems
- Digestive issues
- Weight gain
- Skin problems
- Joint pain
- Frequent infections
- High blood pressure
Chronic inflammation can also exacerbate diseases such as Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, cancer, and rheumatoid arthritis. Basically, this condition can impact your entire body. But there is help!
Chiropractic Care for Chronic Inflammation
Chiropractic care has shown to be an effective treatment option for chronic inflammation. Regular adjustments provided by a chiropractor can improve joint pain, have been shown to reduce the chemicals that cause inflammation, and help to ensure that the body’s nervous system is functioning to the best of its ability. If the nervous system is functioning at an optimal level, then the immune system is operating on a higher level as well. In addition to chiropractic care, healthy lifestyle choices should also be made in order to help control the inflammation. These involve:
- Nutrient-dense diet
- Drinking plenty of water
- Quality sleep
- Stress management
- Vitamins and supplements
Chronic inflammation is as bad as it sounds and can effectively wreck your days. It is a major contributor to many painful and debilitating conditions and causes needless suffering for those living with it. If you or a loved one are dealing with chronic inflammation, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic for help in achieving exceptional health and wellness.
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