Pain and Inflammation
You might be investigating this website because of a painful condition. Most people look for a chiropractor due to pain. Many of you will attribute your pain to a recent incident. Others have been aware of a chronic process for an extended period of time. Some of you are apprehensive about chiropractic and receiving care from a chiropractor. Many of you may have had excellent results from other chiropractors in the past.
Most people looking for a chiropractor do not want someone who will just crack them and send them out the door. As my patient, you will receive a thoughtful and scientific approach to your chiropractic healthcare. I’ll begin with a thorough history and examination. The exam, depending on needs of the patient, will consist of an orthopedic, neurological and biomechanical evaluation. I ‘ll evaluate your movement patterns and posture. The examination also includes examination of the musculoskeletal system, as well as the nervous system.
Pain is a great motivator of people. All types of pain, emotional and physical, serve a purpose. Emotional and physical pains have a tendency to amplify one another. In my view, pain is a precious gift that helps us to recognize the need for change. Bodily pain is your body’s warning system that something has gone wrong. Pain itself is really not the problem; the cause of the pain needs to be discovered and resolved.
Our bodies are designed with a nervous system that both sends signals to operate all types of functions, and senses position, functions, and malfunctions. Your body is designed with an extensive complex system of sensors which are receptors sensing changes throughout the body. Excessive stretch, compression, or tissue damage can produce painful signals telling you there’s a need for some kind of change.
Think about your pain as though it is a fire alarm. Should we turn off the alarm with medications, ignore the pain and tough it out, or put out the fire? Watchful waiting for a short time is reasonable, but when that short time passes and the alarm is still sounding, a bigger crisis can result.
Many professionals, as well as the general public, attribute pain to inflammation. While it is true that inflammation is often accompanied by pain, it is important to note that the body does not repair itself without inflammation. Turning off inflammation impairs the body’s ability to repair itself.
It is important from my view, to establish the conditions that allow inflammation to do its job in repairing tissue. Ultimately, what we are concerned with is the prevention of degenerative changes, especially in the joints and articulations of the locomotor system. The locomotor system consists of the skeleton, muscles, and nerves which operate it. Joints will become inflamed as the result of improper compression, either due to poor postural and movement patterns, and tissue damaged as a result of trauma.
As an acute reaction, inflammation represents a proactive biological response of vascular tissue to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, damaged cells, or irritants. Without it, wounds would never heal and infections would never clear. Chronic inflammation is implicated in a wide range of disorders ranging from hay fever to periodontitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and especially atherosclerosis. There is evidence to support the hypothesis that spinal manipulation reduces inflammation and preserves arterial integrity. (Taken from Dynamic Chiropractic 29 January 2012)
Our Services Include:
- Manual Treatment through Chiropractic Adjustments
- Biomechanic and Functional Movement Evaluation
- Orthopedic Evaluation
- Neurological Evaluation as Related to Chiropractic Care
- Soft Tissue Therapies
- Exercise Recommendations
- Posture Training
- Diet and Nutrition Recommendations