Our bodies are amazing systems capable of healing itself through natural physiological processes within us. When there is stress or injury in the body, the inflammatory response is triggered. Inflammation can come from gross injuries, falls, impacts, accidents, among others. Inflammation can also be triggered by external environmental stressors, toxicities, exposures, poor quality foods, and more.
When an area of the body becomes injured or stressed from one of these negative stimuli, inflammatory markers navigate their way to that region to help conceal the injury and not allow it to become worse. This is exactly what the body is supposed to do, however, we are a culture of constant, chronic stress and inflammation. With this being the case, long term inflammation in the soft tissues for example, can reduce proper range of motion and biomechanics, increase our pain sensitivities, and contribute to compensations in other areas of the body. The use of over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is very typically what most people reach for. These do not get to the root of the issue, and because they are a man-made chemical substance, the body needs to filter and detox these from the body. This puts extra, unnecessary strain on the detox organs of the liver and kidneys, and there are much better, holistic methods to reduce inflammation. How can Chiropractic care help these phenomena to aid in the body’s capacity to heal itself?
Let me provide a scenario which may give offer better context of this all too common issue. You drive more than 45 minutes for your commute in the morning, then arrive at work to sit at your desk again. You are attempting to meet a project deadline, so your mind is stressed as well. Because you want to meet your deadline, you lose track of time, and don’t move from your desk for the majority of the day. You take brief moments to reach for a quick snack from the vending machine or a fast trip to the coffee shop for a boost of caffeine and a pastry. After a sedentary, stressful day, you return home in traffic, making your commute even longer. Over the course of days, weeks, or months, this becomes a typical pattern for you. How is this affecting your body? The act of sitting for long periods of time puts extra gravitational load and stress on the lower part of the spine. Sitting at your desk staring at your computer or driving in traffic places your shoulders and head in a forward position adding extra strain on the upper back and vertebrae in your neck.
But, doc, I’m not doing ANYTHING! … Exactly! When these processes continue over periods of time, the body recognizes that it is in stagnant postures and decides to remain like that. The body begins to lay down more bone to keep itself in those positions, which is the arthritic process.
In the presence of poor posture, compensations, and arthritis, there is also inflammation. Even though there wasn’t actual “injury” in this example, chronic inflammation is present.
After a thorough, full body evaluation, we can determine where in the spine and extremities that altered biomechanics, range of motion, and postural compensations are present. Specific chiropractic adjustments as well as soft tissue release can be implemented in order to reestablish
the lack of movement, aiding in halting the arthritic process and decreasing inflammation. In a study published in 2006*, it was found that specific chiropractic adjustments helped reduce certain inflammatory markers after care. While incorporating anti-inflammatory foods in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments, we can restore proper range of motion, biomechanics, decrease pain, and get you back to living the life you truly deserve.
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