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How Corrective Care May Help with Acid Reflux Disease/Digestive Issues

Acid reflux disease is a common problem that occurs when stomach acid flows past the esophageal sphincter and back into the esophagus itself. This leads to sensations of burning and discomfort in the chest, also known as heartburn. If this occurs two or more times a week, it is considered Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD.

Symptoms are most common after eating a meal, especially if lying down immediately after. Additional complaints include nausea, an inability to swallow, feeling as if the throat is blocked, and an acidic taste in the mouth.

The underlying cause of acid reflux has to do with the ability of the digestive system to work without unnecessary outside influences. Through Ideal Spine’s science-backed, results-oriented Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), a chiropractor may be able to help restore balance throughout the spine and body and promote optimal digestion without onset of acid reflux symptoms.

The causes of Acid Reflux Disease

The most common causes of acid reflux include obesity, poor posture, and pregnancy because of the pressure they place on the stomach. Additionally, a hiatal (stomach) hernia, smoking, poor diet, and stress can all lead to acid reflux as well. Anything that alters the body’s ability to create digestive enzymes and acid or it’s structural function (due to misalignment) may lead to less than ideal digestion and acid reflux symptoms.

Common treatment options for acid reflux include a change of diet, learning to eat less food at a slower pace, weight loss, stopping smoking, posture education, and staying up after eating. Additionally, certain medications such as estrogen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, and anti-depressants may need to be modified since they may affect the efficiency of the esophageal sphincter. Keep in mind that if trouble with swallowing and choking persist or become more severe, medical attention should be sought out immediately.

How Chiropractic may Help Digestion

Working with a CBP chiropractor may potentially help maximize your outcomes for acid reflux treatment. They will help address spinal misalignment that is affecting the body’s nerve flow for proper digestion.

When the entire body is in balance and alignment, it will be easier for the physical process of digestion to occur. Plus, neural inputs from the autonomic system (where digestion is controlled) and other areas of the brain and spinal cord will be able to occur uninhibited.

Additional chiropractic treatments that may be of benefit include posture and lifestyle education, weight management, soft tissue therapy, and core strengthening to alleviate stomach pressure. Consult with a chiropractor and physician to determine what treatment options are best.

Poor digestion and acid reflux is hard on the entire body, since it affects our ability to properly absorb nutrients and focus on other equally important bodily processes. The sooner relief occurs the sooner life can go back to normal.

How Corrective Care May Help with Building the Immune System

The immune system has one main function: to keep the body healthy. This is done through toxin neutralization, preventative measures, and infection control when necessary. The system is quite complex, involving specific blood cells, the lymphatic system, and organs like the skin, spleen, liver, thymus, and blood marrow.

The body’s ability to coordinate a proper immune response comes down to the ability to detect an invasion and mount the correct response via both hormonal and neural inputs. When symptoms of fever, swelling, lethargy and more occur from a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection, this typically means the immune system is hard at work to restore homeostasis and health.

The immune system can also lead to health problems when it is overactive. Autoimmune disease occurs when the body is unable to recognize its own cells. Instead, they are identified as foreigners and attacked. What disease occurs depends on which cells are attacked. Common autoimmune diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, lupus, and multiple sclerosis.

Ways to Boost Immunity

There are many ways to naturally boost the immune system, these include:

  • A balanced, nutrient dense diet (high in fruits and vegetables), especially vitamin C
  • Vitamin D (via sun exposure or supplements).
  • Adequate daily hydration.
  • Getting enough high quality sleep.
  • Good hygiene, including regular hand washing (no need for antibacterial soap).
  • Food hygiene, such as thorough cooking of meats and rinsing of produce.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption.
  • Healthy weight management.
  • Proper stress management and good mental health.

Other potential ways to build immunity include vaccinations and supplements. Additionally, holistic care has been shown to aid the immune system including massage therapy, cognitive therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic. These options all optimize full body function and synchronicity.

How Chiropractic May Help with Building the Immune System

Ideal Spine’s expert-backed results-oriented Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach may help maximize immune function through proper spinal alignment. When spinal misalignment occurs, nerve energy is blocked and affects the body’s ability to detect and manage potential foreign invaders that we come in contact with.

Immunity organs like the spleen and lymph nodes have direct inputs from the nervous system. Any communication breakdown due to poor nerve flow can vastly limit the body’s immune response. Plus, neural dysfunction can also put unnecessary stress on the body, another immunity weakener.

CBP chiropractors are specially trained to restore balance and function to the spinal cord and nerves. With better equilibrium, all of the body systems should be able to work in a coordinated and efficient manner.

Whether it’s flu season or not, a boost for the immune system is always welcome. Talk to a chiropractor about the benefits of treatment such as adjustments, soft tissue therapy, exercise, stretching, and education and how they may ultimately build your immune system.

Brachial Neuritis Symptoms Only Get Worse Without Chiropractic Intervention

The sudden onset of shoulder and arm pain can be debilitating, particularly when there’s no obvious sign of an injury to be healed. One somewhat rare condition, brachial neuritis, causes spasms of pain down one arm, followed by numbness, tingling, and weakness. If not treated effectively early on, these symptoms have the potential to significantly impede on a patient’s life and may even worsen with time.

Through Ideal Spine’s expert-backed Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach, chiropractors may be able to provide their patients with relief and faster healing from this inflammatory condition. Patients suffering from shoulder and arm pain should speak to their chiropractor about potential at-home and in-office treatments that might improve their condition.

The symptoms of brachial neuritis

Also known as Parsonage-Turner Syndrome, brachial neuritis affects the brachial plexus, a group of nerves that run from the neck and upper back to the shoulders. The condition typically affects only one side of the body and occurs at random. It is not common in conjunction with an arm or shoulder injury.

In brachial neuritis, the nerves of the brachial plexus become inflamed. Inflammation may be triggered by an autoimmune response, often resulting from an infection, surgical procedure, vaccination or other internal stressor.

The inflammation of these nerves may lead to significant, piercing shoulder pain over the course of a few days, as well as long-term numbness and weakness in the shoulder and arm. Pain may be exacerbated with movement.

Typically, the pain that brachial neuritis causes goes away on its own within a few days. Unfortunately, the numbness, weakness, or tingling feelings in the shoulder or arm may persist for much longer. What’s more, these symptoms may worsen over time without treatment.

Untreated brachial neuritis may also lead to muscular atrophy of the arm. Pain and weakness may make it difficult for the patient to move their arm at all, leading to decreased strength. Since the symptoms of brachial neuritis could potentially last up to a year or more, patients must find ways to strengthen the arm in spite of their condition.

Chiropractic may provide relief

Treatment for brachial neuritis typically requires pain management until the majority of the pain subsides, after which physical therapy and movement exercises may be useful to improve mobility and strength. Chiropractic care may provide the tools patients need to prevent the worsening of their symptoms – potentially reducing pain, improving their mobility, and restoring strength to the arm over time.

Chiropractic manipulation may be useful in ensuring that no nerves near the brachial plexus have been compressed, in case a secondary problem is exacerbating the symptoms caused by an inflammatory response. Targeted trigger point release and massage may alleviate tension in the surrounding tissues of the arm and shoulder. These treatments may be particularly beneficial during the initial bout of shooting pain, as well as later, once muscular stiffness has set in from shoulder immobility.

Additionally, chiropractors can teach their patients effective pain management techniques for home use, including ice and heat therapy and stretching exercises. Through techniques from Ideal Spine to restore the proper alignment and flow of the spinal vertebrae, nerves, and surrounding tissues, the body may be able to heal faster and more effectively, leading to symptom reduction and the prevention of a worsened condition.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Bone Spurs Are a Sure Sign of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH)

Chiropractic professionals often use a thorough examination of the spine and surrounding tissues to identify the root of a patient’s symptoms. In many cases, X-rays are the solution. They allow chiropractors a full view of the condition of the spine.

One commonly identified problem in patients who complain of stiffness and limited mobility is bone spurs. Although bone spurs may form as a result of numerous conditions, one of the most common is diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH).

When presented with spinal bone spurs, chiropractors must be cautious of DISH before moving forward with treatment. Proper diagnosis of this condition may allow you to avoid potentially harmful treatment and ensure your patient gets the best care possible. Ideal Spine’s advanced Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) technique aim to treat patients mobility problems without damaging their spine.

What is DISH?

DISH is a common form of arthritis, affecting the tendons and ligaments surrounding the spine – particularly those in the neck and upper back. Over time, these tissues can calcify. This often results in the formation of bone spurs where the tissues connect to the spine. The spine is not the only area of bone formation affected; however, it is the most common.

DISH is a progressive disease that often becomes more serious over time. This can result in pain and stiffness that worsens as the bones harden and bone spurs continue to form. Spinal fractures in the spine are also somewhat common as a result of DISH.

Bone spurs around the spine are particularly dangerous. They can begin to press on surrounding tissues and nerves. In the event of nerve compression, patients may experience difficulty swallowing and numbness or tingling in the arms and legs.

However, many people experience no symptoms, which means the condition can go undetected for quite a while. Many patients are not diagnosed until an imaging test reveals the presence of bone spurs.

Experts are unsure of what exactly causes DISH, but the condition tends to be more common in men over the age of 50. Unfortunately, there is no cure for DISH. A comprehensive treatment plan is usually necessary to manage any symptoms the patient experiences.

Chiropractic treatments for spinal bone spurs

Once bone spurs are identified and DISH is diagnosed, a treatment plan must be created to help the patient manage their symptoms. Chiropractic treatment may be useful in improving the patient’s range of motion in the spine and decreasing pain or stiffness.

Chiropractors must handle areas of the spine that have the potential for fracture carefully. Through gentle manipulation techniques, patients may respond well to chiropractic with little need for other forms of treatment. In addition to in-office procedures, chiropractors should inform patients of the potential benefits of heat and at-home exercises. These may help improve mobility and manage pain on a daily basis.

Chiropractic training through Ideal Spine helps chiropractors identify the best solutions to their patients’ spinal problems. Let us teach you the value of a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach in diagnosing sensitive conditions like DISH. Contact us to learn more today!

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

The Many Roles of Pain Management for Chronic Back Pain

Thousands of people live each day with chronic pain. This pain cannot always be explained or even cured, often leading to a cycle of failed treatments and frustration. Chronic pain has become so prevalent that the practice of pain management, or pain medicine, has become much more important.

Chiropractic care is one of the many potential facets of pain management. Given its gentle, non-invasive nature, Ideal Spine encourages patients to use chiropractic as a “pillar” of their chronic pain management program.

Pain management is often considered a response to a diagnosis, but it is much more than that. The practice of pain management serves many roles in the realm of chronic back pain; its techniques are not solely for injury recovery. As chiropractors, we must understand these roles to best serve our patients’ needs through treatment methods, as well as referrals to other pain specialists.

It’s important to remind patients that pain management programs may be useful at many stages of their recovery process. Chiropractic pain management may help chronic back pain patients in the following ways:

  • Identify the source of back pain: Pain treatments like chiropractic may help in the identification of the root cause of pain. Although this generally requires a process of testing abilities and may not produce immediate results, chiropractors may eventually be able to identify where the patient’s pain is coming from. Then, they can create a more appropriate course of pain management.
  • Provide an alternative to surgery: Chiropractic care may be part of a pain management program to help a patient reduce their pain without surgery. Many people prefer to pursue non-invasive pain management methods initially, treating surgery as a last resort. Gentle chiropractic manipulations – as well as other methods like physical therapy exercises and massage – may provide the relief the patient needs without severe measures like surgical intervention.
  • Rehabilitate the patient after surgery: Some patients with chronic back pain might require surgery to stabilize the spine or repair musculoskeletal damage. After surgery, many patients experience heightened pain and seek to manage it as the body recovers. Alternative forms of pain management like chiropractic may be useful to help rehabilitate the patient and allow the body to heal properly. These treatment methods may also be useful in the long term if the patient continues to experience pain even after surgery and healing.
  • Teach patients how to manage their pain: Pain management is not a static process. It encompasses both professional treatment and patient action. To that end, pain management professionals should use their expertise to teach patients how to effectively manage their pain on their own at home. All kinds of patients – including those who have undergone surgery and who are using alternative methods in place of surgery – may benefit from a greater understanding of their agency in relation to their chronic pain.

No two patients will experience chronic pain in exactly the same way. The differing physical, neurological, and psychological aspects of pain require a unique perspective and treatment program.

At Ideal Spine, we teach chiropractors how to leverage our understanding of the body to potentially treat or alleviate pain in patients, regardless of the presence of an identifiable source. Chiropractors must remember and inform others of the many roles pain medicine has when it comes to chronic pain, to help make patients’ lives easier.

If you are a patient experiencing chronic back pain, seek a chiropractor trained in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to learn how their pain management programs may help you along every step of your healing journey.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Breaking Down Scar Tissue Using Proven Chiropractic Techniques

Scar tissue is a big problem if left unmanaged. Patients overcoming traumatic injury often have to cope with issues presented by scar tissue – things like restricted mobility and range of motion, or lack of flexibility. While scar tissue is part of the healing process, in some cases it’s the start of yet another recovery phase.

Ideal Spine urges chiropractors to consider the presence of scar tissue when adjusting patients. Especially for patients recovering from traumatic injury, accounting for scar tissue is important. It could affect the progress of a patient, the mode of treatment, or the capability of the patient to comply with treatment. Most importantly, it could affect how you plan and execute a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) recovery strategy.

Breaking up scar tissue

The good thing about scar tissue is that it can be broken up. Moreover, breaking up scar tissue isn’t detrimental to patients – in some cases it’s actually necessary to restore full movement or range of motion. And while some degree of scar tissue will always exist to mark a wound, the pliability and softness of that tissue can be treated. Chiropractors have access to several techniques for breaking down scar tissue.

  • Graston technique. Using instrumentation, chiropractors target areas of thicker scar tissue and scrape it to gently break it down. Graston technique is useful for addressing scarring in prevalent soft-tissue areas, such as the legs, neck, and lower back.
  • Instrument adjustment. Using an ArthroStim or other pulsating instrument, chiropractors can target specific areas of scar tissue buildup. The instrument rapidly massages these areas to improve pliability and reduce stress in the tissue.
  • Affected manipulation. This technique relies on soothing the area of scar buildup before manually palpating it. Chiropractors may use light liniment oil for heat, TENS to loosen tension, or gentle numbing cream to soften sensitivity.
  • Trigger point therapy. Trigger point therapy is useful in concentrating focus on heavily scarred areas of tissue, where buildup is substantial. Chiropractors focus on breaking down scar tissue while continually testing range of motion.
  • Therapeutic massage. Many chiropractors will perform (or refer) therapeutic massage for patients with widespread scar tissue. This can be helpful in improving blood flow to affected areas and gently stimulating scar tissue to improve pliability.

Application of these techniques depends on the patient and the scarring. Graston technique may be best applied to the Achilles after surgery, while trigger point therapy and therapeutic massage may be best suited for soft tissue scarring after whiplash, for example.

Pay mind to scar tissue during adjustments

Scar tissue from recent injuries can often be felt during palpation, and radiological imaging will show old scar tissue. Chiropractors should take note of these areas when formulating a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) adjustment schedule. Often, scar tissue will need its own focus, which may extend the CBP plan. It may also require a more thorough adjustment plan, to better acclimate the body.

Ideal Spine encourages chiropractors to consult with their patients and perform proper investigations before adjustments. Scar tissue may be something we all live with, but it has broad ramifications in treating other physiological conditions and spinal misalignments.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

The Opioid Crisis has Reached its Boiling Point

For years, Ideal Spine has preached chiropractic as a safer alternative to prescription painkillers for those living with chronic pain. Now, after more than a decade of momentum, the opioid crisis has come to a head. More than ever, people need to break free from opioid dependence and address their chronic pain, instead of masking it. Chiropractic is well-positioned to help.

A landmark ruling in the opioid crisis

In April 2019, the first precedent for opioid manufacturer liability was handed down in Oklahoma courts. Purdue Pharma, makers of Oxycontin, settled with the court system to the tune of $270 million for misrepresenting the addictive nature of its brand-name painkiller. The company chose to settle rather than face as many as 2,300 lawsuits, spanning 23 states.

Based on the settlement amount alone, this settlement is a drop in the bucket. What’s more important is the precedent set. Purdue Pharma and its Oxycontin painkiller are just two of the many players in the opioid crisis. In this David vs. Goliath legal battle, David has prevailed—giving those affected by opioid addiction grounds to pursue other Goliaths and their addictive prescriptions.

Alternative treatments surge

Despite the landmark settlement, the opioid crisis is anything but new. It’s been front-page news for the better part of a decade. As such, people living with chronic pain have begun shying away from conventional prescription medications. Instead, they’ve begun exploring alternative therapies. Anecdotal evidence suggests it’s been effective to some degree, since demand for alternative healing is higher than ever before.

At the forefront is chiropractic—particularly Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP). A marriage of evidence-based therapy and traditional chiropractic adjustment techniques, it’s a modality people have come to trust for incremental, measurable results.

Where painkillers and prescription opioids suppressed pain and covered symptoms, CBP and other chiropractic modalities strive to treat the source of pain. Misalignment of the spine. Compressed nerves. Strained muscle groups. These are some of the core causes of chronic pain and the focus of chiropractic adjustments. Through routine adjustment, pain patients may be able to actively correct the condition causing them grief, instead of masking and/or unintentionally aggravating it.

Post-painkiller recourse

As the assault on opioid addiction continues, chiropractors nationwide need to position themselves alongside sobriety. Patients kicking an opioid addiction or those refusing prescription painkillers will be looking for answers to their pain. It’s important for chiropractors to be transparent about their abilities and their course of action in addressing chronic conditions.

It starts with education. What is chiropractic? How can adjustments improve health beyond the spine? How does a chiropractor trace symptoms to a root cause? Taking the time to explain chiropractic and the CBP approach to diagnosis and treatment gives credence to the practice. More importantly, it gives people hope in an era when the conventional solution is now the most harmful: Prescription pain medication.

Ideal Spine advocates individualized patient care using holistic, measured practices. Through CBP, we encourage incremental treatment aimed at restoring wellness and wellbeing to people suffering from chronic pain. In a time when the opioid crisis has reached its boiling point, we see the need for chiropractic like never before.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Sport Specialization May be Causing Long-Term Problems for Athletes

Sports are part of many kids lives from the time they’re old enough to walk until they reach college age. A few lucky ones even go on to play professionally in some capacity. And while parents scramble to help their child become the best athlete possible in their formative years, forcing them to focus on one sport may be doing more harm than good.

Conditions like tennis elbow (epicondylitis) or runner’s knee (Chondromalacia) are aptly named because they’re common to a single sport. The same movements put ongoing stress on the same parts of the body, leading to strains, sprains, and tears. At Ideal Spine, we strive to help parents and budding athletes realize the value in practicing many sports, instead of specializing.

Specialization is limiting

Consider a sport like baseball. Throwing, catching, and swinging are all unique motions a player may go through hundreds of times per game. So, of course, this is where they’re focus their training. They’ll lift weights to work their chest, core, arms, shoulders, and back. They’ll stretch out to these motions. Ultimately, a baseball player needs to isolate a majority of their training to these same areas, so they’re ready when game-time comes.

But this is a double-edged sword. Problems are quick to develop in two ways.

First, overwork. Training the same muscles and isolating the same movements can cause everything from tendonitis to muscle strains and tears. All it takes is one throw too far or a swing that’s off-kilter to force these muscles into the red, causing injury.

Second, is underutilization of other muscle groups and motions. A baseball player may not focus too much on strengthening their calves or practicing dexterous footwork. This leaves them open to something like an Achilles tear.

Long-term ramifications

Even if an athlete is lucky enough to avoid injury, specialization is still problematic in the long run. Overwork and isolation in certain areas of the body leave these areas compromised later in life. Someone who has thrown 5,000 pitches in their young career may develop range of motion issues in their shoulder in just a few shorts years after playing. The more duress put on the body, the more it’ll compensate by altering natural biomechanics.

Why cross training is the answer

The answer to preventing athletic injuries isn’t to stop playing sports. It’s to cross train. Enroll kids in complementary sports that encourage total body conditioning and offset muscle groups. Playing soccer in the spring and baseball in the fall trains the upper and lower body, while giving both time to rest in the offseason. Track and field meets volleyball. Football complements swimming. The body gets exposure to total training, for optimal balance.

Ideal Spine also advocates a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) maintenance schedule, to offset the stress of intense training. Addressing things like range of motion restriction and areas of inflammation, CBP may aid in recovery, helping cross-training athletes avoid injury and maintain their athletic prowess.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Anti-Inflammatory Foods Could be What’s Missing from a Well-Rounded Treatment Plan

Although they are known for solving problems related to the alignment and physiology of the spine, chiropractors do much more than simply provide adjustments. Each individual patient should receive a personalized treatment plan that covers aspects apart from what occurs in the chiropractic office, including at-home pain relief, stretches, physical therapy, and lifestyle adjustments.

Without all these aspects, a treatment plan may not prove to be successful. At Ideal Spine, we urge chiropractic professionals to understand the importance of incorporating numerous treatment opportunities into their patients’ plans for the best results.

One aspect often overlooked in treatment plans is diet. The food the patient eats could cause inflammatory responses that cause or worsen pain in the neck, back, pelvis, and more. Adding anti-inflammatory foods to a treatment plan could improve sensations of pain, mobility, and comfort during chiropractic treatment.

The role of chronic inflammation in pain

Inflammation is a normal body response that helps mitigate infection and heal damaged tissues. Unfortunately, too much inflammation can change from helpful to harmful. Chronic inflammation has been linked to a variety of health problems in the long term, but it can also cause short-term issues like reduced mobility and pain.

Chiropractic may help alleviate some inflammation and improve the symptoms that occur alongside inflammation. However, this is often not enough, as chronic inflammation can be worsened by many lifestyle factors, including stress, sleep, and diet.

Changing one’s diet from being filled with proinflammatory foods to being filled with anti-inflammatory foods may help mitigate chronic inflammation throughout the body over time. Paired with the more immediate relief potentially provided by chiropractic, nutritional changes may help relieve pain and reduce the need for anti-inflammatory medications.

Top anti-inflammatory foods

Some foods are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. Increasing these types of foods in your diet, while simultaneously cutting out foods that increase inflammatory responses like sugar, may help reduce inflammation and, by extension, pain.

  • Fatty fish: Fatty fish are some of the best anti-inflammatory foods because they contain a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids. These acids help combat other acids in the body that promote inflammation. Salmon, sardines, and herring are a few examples of anti-inflammatory-rich fish.
  • Green tea: Green tea contains an antioxidant compound (also called a catechin) called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). EGCG is known to bolster the immune system as well as help reduce inflammation.
  • Dark, leafy greens: Dark, leafy vegetables like collards, kale, and spinach contain anti-inflammatory flavonoids and antioxidants, both of which help combat inflammatory responses.
  • Turmeric: The popular spice, turmeric, has been shown to contain a variety of healing substances, including antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, is believed to be the main source of the spice’s health benefits.
  • Nuts: Most nuts, as well as seeds, contain omega-3 fatty acids and other anti-inflammatory compounds. Eating a handful of nuts and seeds as a snack each day may reduce inflammation and also have other health benefits.

In addition to adding anti-inflammatory foods to the diet, people suffering from chronic inflammation should also reduce consumption of proinflammatory foods such as red meat, margarine, and refined carbohydrates.

At Ideal Spine, we teach chiropractic professionals how to treat patients holistically, using a combination of Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) techniques and at-home treatments for well-rounded care. Contact us today to learn more about our methods.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome is Proof Back Surgery is a Last Resort

In the case of chronic back pain, patients don’t always believe they have a lot of choice. When faced with persistent aches and pains and the desire to avoid long-term painkiller use, conventional medicine typically suggests that patients undergo back surgery to stabilize and rectify the back problem. Unfortunately, back surgery isn’t always the miraculous cure patients expect it to be.

Back surgery is extremely invasive and expensive, and it may even cause more problems than it solves in the end. This is the case with failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). Rather than encourage patients to pursue invasive surgery, the spinal experts at Ideal Spine urge patients to pursue alternative treatment methods and treat back surgery as a last resort.

What is failed back surgery syndrome?

The term “failed back surgery syndrome” represents the experience many patients have in which they continue to experience back pain even after spinal surgery. The pain may be a continuation of pain from before surgery or new pain caused by an additional spinal problem.

FBSS is not necessarily indicative of a problem with the surgical procedure itself. The unfortunate truth is that back surgery is not 100 percent effective, and the problem causing pain may not even be able to be fixed through surgery.

In many cases, the root cause of a patient’s pain is not properly identified before surgery or is unable to be rectified through surgery because it encompasses many parts. Surgery is most likely to fix singular, easily identified problems such as an unstable joint or a pinched nerve. However, other problems that cause back pain may not be alleviated through surgery comprehensively or at all.

Because back surgery is so invasive and can have a long recovery period, it can be extremely frustrating for patients with back pain to discover that their pain has not been alleviated after the fact. Sometimes, the patient is unable to undergo another surgery for quite some time and must instead live with the pain.

Using chiropractic as an alternative to surgery

For these reasons, it is advisable for patients with back pain to seek alternative methods of treatment prior to exploring back surgery as an option. Chiropractic care is one alternative that may help patients manage chronic pain in a non-invasive and gentle way.

Chiropractic care may alleviate discomfort or pain caused by a variety of spinal problems, including pinched nerves, bulging discs, disc degeneration, spinal stenosis, and more. Chiropractic treatment plans may use a variety of methods in a comprehensive approach to potentially provide back pain relief, increased mobility, and strength. These may include Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) techniques like adjustments, as well as physical therapy, massage, and at-home treatments.

Additionally, chiropractic is safe for long-term treatment, meaning patients may return over time if new problems with the spine develop, as is common with spinal degeneration or compression issues.

Due to back surgery’s high risk for complications and FBSS, back surgery should be treated as a last resort after exhausting other potentially effective treatment methods. Chiropractors who are trained in the Ideal Spine methods should encourage patients to seek alternative treatments, including chiropractic, in order to reduce the risk for continued pain after invasive surgery.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.