Inflammation is a normal reaction produced by the immune system. When your body senses a threat, it kicks into gear to protect your body from an injury or disease. Without inflammation, we wouldn’t be able to heal from a cold virus or a scrape. Certain autoimmune diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease and arthritis, cause your immune system to attack healthy cells, and this is an example of a situation where inflammation can be harmful.
While inflammation is helpful in limited situations, chronic inflammation is one of the biggest causes of chronic pain, swelling and fatigue. Reducing inflammation has been shown to improve one’s overall health, and chiropractic can aid you in that goal. Our team at Motus Integrative Health offers a full range of services to help your body heal. Here are a few common causes of inflammation and how to mitigate their impacts.
Inflammation is categorized into two types. Acute inflammation occurs for a short period, but symptoms are often more severe. This form resolves in less than two weeks and happens due to a temporary injury or illness. Chronic inflammation is less intense, but it lasts for over six weeks and doesn’t necessarily end after the injury or illness is over. Prolonged stress and autoimmune disorders are both known to generate long-term inflammation.
Symptoms of inflammation can be very subtle and wrongly attributed to other causes:
As inflammation continues, the symptoms can affect the entire body. Chronic inflammation can present the following issues:
There are several major causes of inflammation, and it’s not always easy to pinpoint the exact reason you are experiencing inflammation. Generally, inflammation is caused by a combination of lifestyle, dietary and health-related issues:
While inflammation is helpful in small amounts, it can do significant damage to the body when prolonged. If you have signs of inflammation or if you have a chronic health condition, plan on seeing a chiropractor for advice. Motus Integrative Health delivers exceptional care for our patients, and our treatments have been shown to help manage inflammation. Call our office today to get started.
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