Inflammation occurs when your body has gone through some sort of trauma or infection. Swelling and inflammation is a protective mechanism your body has.
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Hey, it’s Dr. Troy here, the Vancouver Chiropractor.
Today I want to talk about inflammation. A lot of times patients come in and say “My doctor said I have inflammation, so they gave me anti-inflammatories”. Which, you know a common side effect for people is inflammation.
But really, what kind of inflammation? You could have shoulder inflammation. These are some of the common things we see. Neck inflammation, low back inflammation, hip inflammation, knee, ankle, elbow, wrist. These are all things that chiropractic may be able to help.
So one thing you have to understand is inflammation is in response to some sort of trauma, infection, or some force that irritates a joint, soft tissue. So how do you handle that? I always recommend ice. First 72-hours of an acute inflammatory episode, let’s ice. There may be some contraindications to that if it’s an infection, but really, icing helps reduce the inflammation.
If you sprain your ankle for example, your body will overreact, it will overcompensate, over inflame and over swell so try to keep the swelling down. The thing with that is, swelling is a protective mechanism so you don’t injure the joint anymore.
So from a chiropractic standpoint, we see this a lot in car accidents. They’ll strain the neck, they’ll strain the tissues, and then you get inflammation. It usually peaks out 2-3 days later after the initial onset. You’ll be the sorest the 2nd-3rd day. So that’s classic soft tissue inflammatory response.
So how do we handle that? Icing, adjusting, gentle mobilization. These are all things that can help reduce the inflammation. Get you feeling better, get you out of pain, get you back to your daily living.
One of the other things here that is really great is a product call Wuji Chlorella. They’re little green pills, and they help reduce inflammation naturally. There’s the Chlorella growth factor that helps the RNA and DNA repair faster. So when you are having an inflammatory incident, this is a great product to stick in your body to help inflammation reduce naturally and to help repair naturally.
That’s what it’s all about here at Zenaptic Chiropractic. If you’re interested in a consultation, any of the doctors here will be happy to help you. (360) 260-6903