How to Manage Chronic Inflammation

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We’re hearing a lot about chronic inflammation in mainstream publications nowadays, but chiropractors have been enlightening their patients about this serious condition for quite some time.

Inflammation has been linked to a variety of serious illnesses including Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke and even depression. And while regular inflammation is actually helpful to our bodies, chronic inflammation can spread through the body, causing chaos and endangering your long term health.

Signs and Symptoms

If you have any of the following symptoms, they can be a sign of low-grade chronic inflammation that warrants a trip to your primary care physician immediately:

  • Congestion
  • Swelling and stiffness
  • Dry eyes
  • Ongoing infections
  • Unexpected weight gain
  • Diarrhea
  • Indigestion

While normal inflammation helps to fight an infection, injury, or irritation, chronic inflammation is a disease. Instead of fighting intruders in the body, the immune system starts to attack the body itself. Even the body’s own organs are not safe when chronic inflammation is at work.

How To Manage It

If you believe that you may be suffering from chronic inflammation, it’s important to get medical help quickly. Your chiropractic team is knowledgeable about chronic inflammation and its effects on the body. Your chiropractor has a variety of methods that he or she can use to heal the body:

  • Adjustments- Chiropractic care can treat the pain that’s often associated with chronic inflammation. However, regular adjustments don’t just make you feel better—a properly aligned spine can also improve your immune system.
  • Thrills, Spills and PillsDietary advice- Most inflammation sufferers find that an anti-inflammatory diet provides relief. A diet low in saturated fats and carbohydrates, yet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables can bring about a reduction in inflammation. In particular, your chiropractor may suggest that you increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids, which is found in fish and nuts.
  • Herbs- Instead of relying upon NSAIDs for relief, your chiropractic team can suggest herbs with anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric, willow bark and boswellia are just a few of the natural herbs available for reducing inflammation.
  • Exercise- Your chiropractor can work with you on an exercise regimen that’s appropriate for you. While it may be difficult to consider an exercise routine if you’re dealing with chronic inflammation, studies have shown that physical activity is very important for patients coping with this disease.

Chronic inflammation is finally starting to get its long overdue recognition as a major player in the progression of many serious diseases. However, it is possible to feel better with proper care and treatment. Your chiropractic team knows how hard the battle against chronic inflammation can be, but they also know that it can be beaten. Contact your chiropractor today to get back the body you thought you’d lost for good.

 

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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