Inflammation – Friend or Foe

When you think if inflammation it is usually considered a bad thing. Take a fever for instance, it has a bad rap. Or, swelling around a splinter in your finger, a runny nose, watery eyes, and even joint pain.

The function of inflammation is to signal there is tissue damage and trigger the local and systemic (body) factors to initiate the appropriate defense and repair process. That is very important to understand – the appropriate defense and repair process! Inflammation, then, is a very good thing.

However, inflammation is a primitive response and is usually excessive in magnitude for it’s function in soft tissue injury. A good example is a sprained ankle. A few years ago, I had a young lady patient in the clinic who played volleyball at a Division 1 school and had tried out for the US National Team. She came to my office after turning her ankle and both her and her parents were very concerned. The playoffs were coming up and her ankle was 5 times it’s normal size. It looked terrible! The bodies inflammatory response was so excessive it made it look, and feel, much worse than what it was.

After a relatively short time (10 days) of addressing the inflammation by giving the proper anti-inflammatory agents and enzymes, at the right time and in the correct combination, we returned her to full range of motion and pain less function so she could return to competition.

Another example is a fever. Fevers are generally a good thing because the bodies immune system is sounding the alarm and your defenses are coming to the rescue to, here it is again, begin the defend and repair process. Think twice about trying to reduce a fever too quickly, it is the bodies natural defense to solve and inflammation problem. I usually load people up on a special Calcium Lactate, which is the most easily absorbed calcium there is and a non-saturated fatty acid. Fever and inflammation is a calcium deficiency.

As I stated earlier, inflammation is a primitive response usually excessive in magnitude for its function in soft tissue issues. Excessive inflammation produces pain, spasm, and edema (swelling) and it may delay healing and lead to chronic adverse tissue changes if not mediated.

Prolonged, extended, or chronic edema tells your body to deposit something called “fibrinogen” into the tissue spaces. This thickens tissues, creates tissue adhesions or scarring, and decreases normal blood flow. Untreated this may take many months to resolve.

Take a look at the graph at the top of this blog and look at all the situations that are attributed to chronic inflammation. Inflammation is a good thing in healing the body and getting the appropriate nutrients to the needed areas, but chronic inflammation is the root cause to just about every disease and health compromising state there is.

Do yourself a favor and resolve your chronic inflammation issues as soon as possible. Feel free to call my office, or email, with your questions and we can get you on the right track to get rid of your devastating chronic inflammation.

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Don (Dr Sharnowski) is truly one of a kind. He is warm, inviting and incredibly generous with his time, but also really knowledgeable about the body and everything within. You won't find crystal balls here. You'll find a super nice guy in sneakers who also sells farm fresh eggs at the counter. I went in expecting to get adjusted (and was scared, because I'd never seen a chiro before). Instead, what I experienced was someone who actually sat down and listened to my history, connected the dots between several ailments (instead of jumping to prescribe one drug apiece to treat each one), and explained things that no one had ever taken the time to do. I was there about my back specifically, but we talked about my whole health. Instead of just prescribing an anti inflammatory (which is what my other doc did), he explained why we get inflammation in our bodies, and how to help reduce it with what we eat. I've also been on thyroid medication for over 10 years, and he actually explained what the thyroid is, and what the drug I take is, and what it does. But not in a defensive or overly crunchy way. He just openly explained in a way that I could understand it. I highly recommend Don to anyone with a body who wants to feel better. His approach is approachably holistic. Just common sense, whole body-centered treatment.

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