Pain and Inflammation

Pain and Inflammation

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 Many times people come into the office complaining of pain in different areas of the body.Some people dismiss these symptoms to aging, getting older, or don’t pay attention let alone do anything until it is unavoidable. In a new paradigm of health, we seek to prevent disease rather than try to treat it, and such we want to educate and keep you informed as to the various things to consider when working to address pain, as well as underlying inflammation in your body.

Your body has many metabolic mechanisms happening underneath the surface that we may not be aware of that can wreak havoc if left unchecked. Often times people think that things come out of nowhere, that is not how the body works and seldom is how nature works. The grass takes time to grow, and your body takes time to either build health or develop disease. Understanding what lab tests to run and monitor is imperative in taking a proactive look at your health.

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 Inflammation is a response to something in the body, think of it as a reaction to something the cause is figuring out what the body is reacting to---this is the task of a naturopathic doctor.

Majority of the immune system is housed in the gastrointestinal system, so that is the first place we look at when we are working to discover what the immune system is reaction to- thus generating inflammation. And since we are looking at the digestive system, the first thing we look at is what the person is eating. Since our food is laden with preservatives, toxins, and various other offenders our body has a hard time identifying the contents and thus creates an allergic response to foods.

This response then is the source of stress, and then the adrenal glands (your stress glands) become activated, and since the adrenals are the central focus of your hormones they can throw off other endocrine glands such as your Thyroid. 

Hormonal imbalance is another possible cause of inflammatory process, especially since majority of the hormonal system is also located in the digestive system. As we continue to explore our environment, our environment is loaded with various toxins, such as endocrine disrupters such as chlorine, xylenes, formaldehyde, etc. Hence, a deeper study into toxin exposures in the body is necessary since we live in an extremely toxic society that can accumulate in our tissues and create further metabolic imbalances while generating inflammation.

Lastly, inflammation can generate from structural imbalances however I have learned this is more of a response to the underlying metabolic processes. So if the body's nutrients are low, and the toxins are high the body will not remain in alignment even after continued adjustment by a chiropractor.

Now that we have a world of inflammation let's look at which lab tests can determine an understanding of what is underlying that may not be generating symptoms at this time.

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These are some of the tests that are commonly used to determine the overall inflammatory processes in the body. It is not a definitive list by any means, however can give a person a deeper understanding as to how their inflammation may be generating in their body. Other tools of determining inflammation are procedures such as thermography which use infrared in order to determine areas to which the body has Inflammation. It is truly an earlier detection mechanism to cancers, and other chronically generative diseases. Since most disease process generates itself from inflammation it is important to monitor inflammatory responses in order to determine the overall health of the body.

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