Inflammation is your body’s natural attempt to preserve itself in the event of irritation, infection, and injury. Irritants and harmful pathogens are removed from the body through this process. While this is a good thing, there are also times when your body over reacts. If your immune system is out of balance then you may suffer from chronic bouts of inflammation. However, this condition doesn’t have to control your life.
Freedom Health Centers treats patients who are suffering from chronic inflammation. We can help reduce or eliminate your pain using advanced chiropractic care and lifestyle changes. We also offer a range of non-invasive treatments. You no longer need to be a slave to your chronic pain. Our expert staff is waiting to help you fight back.
What is Chronic Inflammation?
Our immune systems are designed to protect our bodies. Inflammation normally presents with redness, swelling, pain, and occasionally decreased function. Over time, exposure to our surroundings and exposure to illness helps strengthen our immune system. It learns to fight the germs and allergens that we come into contact with. This is one of the reasons why we should avoid antibiotics unless necessary.
Sometimes, inflammation can become chronic. It can lasts for days, weeks, months, sometimes even years. If left untreated, it can cause your body’s healthy tissue cells to be replaced by fibrous tissue. Our bodies immune response essentially gets stuck in a never ending cycle.
A number of things can lead to chronic inflammation. Our lifestyle, certain foods, a lack of adequate rest, and too much stress can all contribute to this condition. It can also be a sign that our body hasn’t been able to eliminate the original cause of irritation. It may also be an autoimmune response where healthy tissue is attacked by your immune system.
Symptoms of Chronic Inflammation
Many people who suffer from chronic inflammation also have an associated disease. For example, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and Crohn’s disease all present with chronic inflammation. However, there are many other symptoms associated with this condition as well. For example, many people suffer from allergies, asthma, shortness of breath, and congestion. It also often presents with high blood pressure, skin problems, irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, and fatigue. Some people also report joint pain, frequent infections, and weight gain.
Treating Chronic Inflammation
One of the best treatment options available for chronic inflammation is chiropractic care combined with lifestyle changes. Chiropractic care is about more than just keeping your spine aligned. It’s an approach that improves the overall health and function of your body.
A chiropractor is a great person to have in your corner in the fight against chronic inflammation. Studies show that regular adjustments help reduce the chemicals that cause this immune response throughout the body. Adjustments are also great for helping reduce associated joint pain. These adjustments help the nervous system function to its best ability. The nervous system contributes greatly to your immune system. It’s important to take the best possible care of your body.
Since chiropractic care is about total body care, your chiropractor may make additional suggestions. An anti-inflammatory diet can help reduce flare ups. This diet typically consists of low calorie, nutrient-dense foods such as fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, fish, and other lean meats. You can help reduce inflammation by increasing the amount of essential fatty acids in your diet. By focusing on dark green leafy vegetables as well as nuts in addition to the other changes your body will develop a healthier response. They may also suggest a vitamin regimen of vitamin D as well as magnesium.
Exercise is also important in the battle against chronic inflammation. Keeping your body moving helps reduce joint pain and stiffness. It also helps your body recover more quickly. Exercise also strengthens your back and abdomen. Having a strong back and core provides better support for your spine. When your spine is properly supported then there’s less of a chance that your nerves will be exposed to excess pressure. Taking care of your nervous system goes a long way in your fight with this chronic condition.
Other Treatment Tips for Chronic Inflammation
There are a few other things you can do to help reduce the likelihood of an inflammation flare up. One of these is to stop smoking. In addition to being an unhealthy habit, smoking triggers your immune system and can lead to an exaggerated immune response.
You also should make sure that you’re always drinking enough water. Water is required to maintain function throughout your body. It keeps your body hydrated and balances the PH level of your body. This is extremely important in preventing a re-occurrence of your condition.
Another weapon in your fight with chronic inflammation is sleep. It’s very important that you get enough quality sleep. Not getting enough sleep can actually cause changes on a molecular level throughout your body. These changes actually increase inflammation. By getting enough sleep you can avoid putting your body through these changes.
Your chiropractor likely has additional tips that you can use as you take your life back from chronic inflammation. Don’t suffer any more than you already have. Set up an appointment to speak with your local chiropractor and get on the path to recovery.