Why inflammation isn’t necessarily a bad thing
October 13th, 2017 8 post views
Are you suffering from inflammation?
If you come to visit our chiropractic clinic in Eastbourne, it is most likely due to the fact that you have some type of joint or muscle ache, or perhaps a trapped nerve.
It is our job as chiropractors to perform a chiropractic examination which will assess the function of your muscles, joints, and nerves. We will also look at your lifestyle, diet, and other illnesses that you may have. This helps us to get to the root of your problem so we can determine if we are able to help you through chiropractic care or not.
Usually, when you feel pain, there is some type of inflammation going on in your body. As chiropractors, we try to figure out exactly what the source of inflammation is. Often, it is due to things such as arthritis, sport-related injuries, posture, or the joints just not working and moving at their best.
What is inflammation?
Inflammation is a normal and healthy process that goes on in our bodies. It can be a good thing or it can be a bad thing. When inflammation is acute, it’s a good thing. But when inflammation becomes chronic, that’s when it becomes bad.
Acute inflammation occurs when there is an injury to the body. The body naturally responds to this injury by creating an inflammatory response that is mediated by the immune system. It is the body’s way of trying to heal and protect itself. It does this with the purpose of repairing damage done to cells and tissues. Inflammation occurs in stages: first, there is the irritation stage. Something is happened to the body, or irritated it, and the inflammatory process begins. You can observe this phenomenon in progress when you fall and scrape your knee. It will become red, swollen, and sore. That is your body getting to work right away to heal the tissue. White blood cells come to the area and sometimes you can see pus in a wound. This is the suppuration stage. Your body is trying to destroy and expel damaged tissue and cells from the body.
Once this phase has passed, the tissue begins to repair itself and close and reinforce the wound. This is the granulation stage. New and stronger tissue is being rebuilt in the area. It forms scar tissue which is stronger tissue than what was there before it because the body is very clever and wants to make sure it does not get injured again. This process happens on the outside of the body as well as on the inside of the body in tissues you can’t see. People often seem surprised when I tell them it is possible to have scar tissue inside the body.
Chronic inflammation is when this process goes on for a prolonged period of time in the body. This can last several months to years. The body is failing at its attempt to heal itself. This chronic state of inflammation in the body can lead to an auto immune response where the body starts to see itself as harmful and foreign, and an immune response mediates an attack on tissue that was once otherwise healthy. Chronic inflammation has been linked to cancer, allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s disease, and Crohn’s disease. Many patients have come to our clinic in Eastbourne for back pain and often have associated illnesses such as these.
Our body has an innate intelligence. It knows how to heal itself most of the time. As a chiropractor, I try to identify if there is something related to the muscles, joints, or nerves that might be interfering with this process. I also advise patients on nutritional aspects of inflammation. There are many foods that can cause inflammation in the body such as sugar, grains, and dairy. And other foods such as blueberries, flaxseed, and turmeric can help fight inflammation.
If you live in the Eastbourne area, and want to know if I can help in anyway, please feel free to call the clinic and arrange for a free complimentary chat with me.
I have also written other blogs about diet and inflammation on this site if you are interested in further reading.
Click here to read my blog – Inflammation in the joints – what causes it and how nutrition can help.
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