Your body uses inflammation as a healing mechanism. For example, your skin becomes inflamed when a foreign object such as a splinter becomes embedded in it. Your skin may temporarily be warm or painful, but this passes as the body heals and the irritant is removed. Problems can arise, however, if the inflammation becomes a chronic condition. That can occur because of issues with your immune system, increased stress, a diet high in carbohydrates, or conditions such as Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis, or rheumatoid arthritis. Our staff at the Spine Pain Center of Irmo wants you to know how we can help treat inflammation in your body.
Some people may not even recognize their symptoms as being caused by inflammation. These side effects include allergies, asthma, high blood pressure, IBS, pain, congestion, infections, indigestion, shortness of breath, stiffness, and changes in weight. Reducing inflammation can improve these symptoms.
Many people reach for painkillers to deal with inflammation, and various products do target inflammation and pain. However, long-term use of these products may not be good for your health, Along with at-home medications such as ibuprofen that reduce inflammation, consider seeing a chiropractor for treatment.
To understand how chiropractic care, a type of functional medicine, can reduce inflammation, you must understand a bit about the body's inflammation mechanism. Proteins called cytokines come in multiple varieties; some encourage inflammation while others decrease it. Chiropractic adjustments can lead to relief by producing the right kind of cytokines to reduce inflammation in your body.
In addition to this, chiropractors often recommend lifestyle changes to decrease inflammation. This might mean increasing intake of food that's high in carbohydrates and eating more fruits and vegetables or even adding vitamins to your daily regimen. Fatty acids, in particular, are beneficial for inflammation, among other conditions.
When you experience less inflammation, you may find that you can more comfortably and readily move your joints. If the inflammation has led to favoring a joint, this could cause stress on the other side. A chiropractor can also manipulate your body to reduce that stress.
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North Charleston and Mount Pleasant chiropractors at Spine Pain Center of Irmo can help. Call (843) 884-8444 today to make an appointment.