Inflammation is the body’s automatic response to injury, and it’s usually defined by swelling, pain, redness and high temperatures. Although inflammation is an essential reaction in order for the body to heal, it can sometimes be overbearing and last longer than it should. This is called “chronic inflammation”, and it can lead to other health complications such as asthma, acne, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease. Anti-inflammatory medication can be used to decrease its symptoms, although the medication can also lead to health problems.
Inflammation can often be caused by lack of balance in the immune system. The cause could even be as simple as the body being unable to get rid of the origin of inflammation, so the immune system attacks healthy tissue instead of the pathogens in should be attacking. Other factors that can put a person at risk of chronic inflammation include excessive stress, lack of sleep, and high carb diets.
The key to ridding chronic inflammation is to find the cause of it and use that to make the proper changes to avoid inflammation in the future. Chiropractors can assist in identifying the source to the inflammation and treating it. There are numerous techniques a chiropractor can use to reduce inflammation such as:
Chiropractic adjustments to decrease production of inflammatory cytokines
Recommending an anti-inflammation diet with many nutrients and food low in calories
Increasing fatty acid intake by eating more dark green vegetables, nuts and oils
Encouraging healthy lifestyle changes
Chiropractic care can be a key factor to reducing inflammation. Not only are chiropractors able to provide you with physical pain relief, but they’re able to guide you on maintaining a healthy life and prevent inflammation every day.