Joint Pain or Swelling
How Your Chiropractor Can Help With Chronic Inflammation
Inflammation by itself is not actually a bad thing – like a scab or fever, it is a means for your body to help you heal and prevent further injury or illness. Inflammation can also be a warning sign provided by your body that you are overworking a specific joint or muscle and typically goes away on its own (sooner if you add in some rest or over the counter anti-inflammatory medications).
However, when regular inflammation turns into a chronic issue, especially in the same joint or part of your body, that is when it becomes more concerning and requires additional medical attention.
What Causes Chronic Swelling and Inflammation In The Joints?
Chronic inflammation is your body fighting your current inflammation with more inflammation. There is an imbalance in your immune system that can be caused by a number of things.
- Constantly taking antibiotics
- Not getting enough sleep
- High stress environments
- Poor diet
- Overuse or continued use while injured
- Interruption in your body’s communication and immune response
Chiropractic Treatment Of Joint Swelling and Inflammation
Your chiropractor is your best option if you want to win against this fight against chronic inflammation. Chiropractic care focuses on restoring the balance to your spine, which in turn restores balance to the body’s communication between the brain stem, central nervous system, and your immune system. Chiropractic care can help to remove subluxations in the spine that are interrupting the mind’s signals to your immune system
Also, the results of several studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments reduce the production of two inflammatory cytokines. When your body is producing less of these, inflammation throughout your body is given a chance to subside.
Also, healthy lifestyle changes will change your body for the better – include helping to reduce inflammation flare ups and discomfort. Your chiropractor will talk to you about starting a diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits, leafy green vegetables, lean meat, and fish.
Moreover, supplements like vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, and magnesium also provide huge relief from chronic inflammation, especially if you don’t get these from your food source.