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How Inflammation Can Be Causing You Pain

Inflammation indicates that your body is fighting off an infection or foreign pathogens, but sometimes it can cause pain.

What Is Inflammation?

In inflammation, your body’s white blood cells are working to fight off an infection or foreign body. When an area in your body is damaged, your immune system sends more blood to the area by enlarging the branches of your arteries. Then your body releases neutrophils, which are white blood cells. The neutrophils digest microorganisms, so you are less likely to get an infection.

Inflammation signals your body’s immune system to repair damaged tissue. If you did not have any inflammation at all, you could easily die from an infection. The problem is that too much inflammation can lead to pain because it can cause a few painful diseases. Excessive inflammation can lead to issues, such as heart disease and strokes.

Inflammation and Pain

In some cases, your inflammation may become chronic. This may happen because of a virus your body cannot eliminate, foreign bodies in your system, or an overactive immune system. Chronic inflammation is usually much slower than acute inflammation. Chronic inflammation can lead to tissue death, thickening, and scarring.

Having chronic inflammation can lead to a variety of disorders that cause you pain.

  • Arthritis: Some types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and gouty arthritis, are caused by inflammation. This happens when your body’s immune system damages your tissue.
  • Cancer: Some types of inflammation can lead to DNA damage, eventually causing cancer.
  • Plaque buildup: When plaque builds up in your arteries, you are at a higher risk for a stroke or a heart attack.
  • Alzheimer’s disease: Chronic inflammation can cause Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. This is because inflammation can kill neurons in the brain.

Even if you do not have any of these diseases, you can still have severe pain from inflammation. This is because inflammation presses against your nerve ending, sending pain signals to the brain. You may feel stiff or extremely uncomfortable in the affected areas. Chronic inflammation can also lead to other painful symptoms.

  • Chest pain
  • Excessive tiredness
  • Rash 
  • Joint pain
  • Fever 

Causes

Just because you have inflammation does not mean you have an infection. However, an infection can cause chronic inflammation. If your body can’t entirely fight off the virus or pathogen, causing the disease, you might develop chronic inflammation over time.

Being exposed to pollutants for long periods can also cause inflammation. These include polluted air and industrial chemicals. Smoking and alcohol may also lead to chronic inflammation.

Sometimes it is not clear what is causing chronic inflammation. More research is needed to find the patterns in the causes of chronic inflammation.

Inflammation Treatment

Because it is not entirely clear what leads to chronic inflammation, there is no one treatment for it. However, natural remedies may help reduce or prevent swelling.

One study in 2018 showed that people who followed a Mediterranean diet had overall less inflammation than those who did not. The foods in the Mediterranean diet are often high in antioxidants and polyphenols. It includes food such as olive oil, nuts, fatty fish such as salmon, and leafy greens.

Spices may also help treat inflammation. Cayenne, ginger, and garlic have all been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. And supplements such as lipoic acid and curcumin can also help reduce inflammation.

Fletcher Chiropractic can help realign the vertebrae in your spine, which can help reduce or stop the production of inflammation-causing neuropeptides. Adjustments from Fletcher Chiropractic can also help prevent cytokines from building up. We can also offer you advice on how nutrition can help reduce your inflammation. 

Wintertime Health Needs

Get Lots of Vitamin D

During the warmer months of the year, we are typically out in the sun a fair amount more than during the winter. Our bodies are designed to get the vitamin D that we need by producing it when our bare skin is exposed to sunlight (how cool is that!). However, during the winter months we tend to be outside a bit less, and when we are outside we’re typically more covered up – meaning that, simply by circumstance, we tend to get less of this vital nutrient in our bodies.

So, why is vitamin D so important? Well, to start with, our bodies need vitamin D to absorb calcium, which is part of what makes our teeth and bones so strong and healthy. Plus, vitamin D also boosts our immune systems to help keep us healthy all year long. So, on all the freezing mornings to come, we know that going outside to get a little sun may not be top on your priority list – thankfully, though, there are other ways of getting vitamin D to keep your body going until the sun comes out to thaw us in the spring. Fatty fish – like tuna and salmon, eggs (specifically the yolks), and many dairy products are all great dietary sources of vitamin D.

Vitamin C Is Also Important for a Healthy Body

Free radicals are cells that move around the body with the ability to mutate into something dangerous. To combat these cells, we need to put a lot of antioxidants into our bodies. That is where vitamin C comes in. It is a powerful antioxidant that we often naturally get through foods. Since our bodies are more prone to illness during the cooped-up winter months, it is always good to have vitamin C running through our veins. Should we get sick during the winter, vitamin C can cut down how long we remain sick. This vitamin can be found in all sorts of tasty treats, like citrus fruits, strawberries, and pineapple, just to name a few!

Boosting the Immune System Naturally

Getting a massage or alignment is a FANTASTIC way to supplement your health during the wintertime, too. The immune system is the body’s army, and is set up to fight off any invader. To do that effectively, it relies on the ability to send messages anywhere in the body at a moment’s notice. Without that ability, the body is much more likely to struggle whenever a foreign body, in this case, a virus or other type of infection, enters its space. 

By getting a chiropractic alignment, those messages are able to get through as they were meant to. The nervous system is what passes along those messages. Any time there is a kink in those message tubes, the messages can be delayed or get lost completely. This is when the flu becomes so dangerous. In terms of boosting the immune system, chiropractic care is one of the best supplements you can get. 

Conclusion

If you want to figure out the best way of getting through the winter with the fewest health issues, then you need to come in and speak with us here at Fletcher Chiropractic. Not only can we help with an alignment of your body, but we can also speak with you about holistic options to help you stay healthy, nutritional ways of achieving your health goals, and your specific nutritional and supplemental needs. Call us today to set up a time to come in and talk!

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