What is Inflammation?

Inflammation is a defense mechanism of the body, in response to a stimulus. This stimulus could be a wound, an injury, or a systemic organ process. Inflammation can be acute or chronic, and treatment depends on which type it is, and the location of the inflammation as well.  Acute inflammation is of recent onset, where as chronic inflammation is a condition which has been persistent for much longer. 

Signs of acute inflammation include redness, swelling, pain, immobility and heat. For acute inflammation, consult your Doctor of Chiropractic for treatment of acute inflammation injuries. 

Chronic inflammation signs:

  • Chest pain
  • Stomach pain
  • Fever
  • Rashes
  • Fatigue

If you believe you suffer from chronic inflammation, consult your medical doctor for further treatment. 

How to treat inflammation ?

Traditional medical doctors treat inflammation with medications, but more people today are looking for alternative medicine options for the treatment of inflamed muscle and tendon injuries. “Therapeutic ultrasound therapy is effective in the treatment of tendinitis injuries” states Dr. Allen Conrad, BS,DC,CSCS, the owner of Montgomery County Chiropractic Center. 

“The tendon becomes injured from trauma or repetitive overuse, and the body produces inflammation as a reaction to that acute injury. Therapeutic ultrasound helps reduce the inflammation associated with tendinitis through sound waves which penetrate the tendon and help dissipate the swelling in the region. By reducing the inflammation, the tendon can regain proper function and reduce associated pain levels”. 

Inflammation Diet?

Today there is more information out there that making changes to your diet can reduce inflammation. Certain foods like those high in sugars have shown that they release cytokines, a messenger which increases inflammation in the body. Other foods which are connected to increased inflammation include refined breads/carbohydrates, trans fats, alcohol, MSG, and artificial sweeteners. 

Recent nutritional experts have noted that foods that are red in color may also increase the inflammatory process, due to the presence of lycopene and anthrocyanins in those foods. That would include red meats, spaghetti sauces, even red peppers. Its important to note that while these foods may include important phytochemicals which are important to the nutritional process, they may want to be avoided if you are suffering from chronic inflammation. “Consult your Doctor of Chiropractic if you suffer from inflammation to determine which steps are appropriate for your well being”.

Dr. Allen Conrad, BS, DC, CSCS is a Doctor of Chiropractic and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is the owner of Montgomery County Chiropractic Center and is also the Team Chiropractor for the Blackthorn Rugby Team. He has been providing chiropractic care, nutritional information and massage therapy to Montgomery County PA for over 18 years.