Have you ever been told you have an inflammatory response occurring?
Been told you need to take anti-inflammatories?
Inflammation is something we all hear a lot about but most of us are unsure as to what its importance is….
Inflammation is the body responding to an event – this maybe an injury, an infection or an injury and the results of inflammation are redness (heat) swelling and pain which cause a reduction in function of the area that has inflammation.
There are two types of inflammation, acute inflammation almost everyone has experienced with an injury such as a twisted ankle or a reaction to a bite or plant in the garden – this type of inflammatory response allows the body to isolate a irritant or reduce function in order to protect itself, generally this type of inflammation is self-limiting and allows he body to start the healing process with time and treatment.
The second type of inflammation is chronic inflammation - this is generally caused by an imbalance that has been long standing –often due to an immune system reaction. The acquired immune system develops over time and the more it is allowed to develop the stronger it becomes this is why taking unnecessary antibiotics is detrimental to our immune system – the more it can react to the environment the stronger it becomes. However chronic inflammation can also be increased by environmental influences such as stress, high carbohydrate intake and the bodies inability to eliminate acute inflammation.
Most people do not realize that they have chronic inflammation until they are diagnosed with a disease that is associated with it such as Crohns, Rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis but other signs that you have chronic inflammation include allergies and asthma, high blood pressure, fatigue, skin issues and IBS.
So, can chiropractic help if you have these symptoms and how? The answer is yes, chiropractic is very beneficial in reducing chronic inflammation. How – consider the fact that chiropractic care allows the nervous system to work at its optimal level without interference by realignment of the spinal and other joints, which reduces the production of neuropeptides which in itself can reduce inflammation. Chiropractic care may also help reduce the production of cytokines which are proteins which regulate the cells of the immune system, when cytokines build up they cause an inflammatory response and studies of chiropractic care have shown the effect of this throughout the body reducing cytokines and effecting other areas other than those adjusted through this.
Chiropractors can also offer lifestyle advice that can assist in the fight against chronic inflammation – areas in which we can make good choices that reduce chronic inflammation are diet – nutrient dense and low calorie diets being very effective as well as low carbohydrate diets (we will cover this in a later blog – look out for this in January 2020), exercise – promoting good health but also a strong reducer of inflammation, weight loss – being overweight naturally increases inflammatory levels and stress management, sleep and self-care techniques (you also sleep better when you have been adjusted!).
If you would like further information we are always here to help you and chiropractic offers a drug free way to manage inflammation.
Friday 15th of November 2019
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