If you’ve watched small kids tumble and play, it can seem pretty rough to an adult. As we age, we know that balancing on our heads or whipping our necks around can only cause trouble. Most adults understand this point but seem to think children are more immune to problems for some reason. But is this plausible? Are kids really injury-proof? Not likely and recent research shows that degeneration of the spinal disks can occur at a much earlier age than previously thought. MRI studies of child athletes show this to be the case.
So what happens when a kid takes a whollup to the head, or slips and falls onto the kitchen floor? Besides a blow to the head, the neck can, and does, get injured from these types of forces. Because of a child’s age, the pain may only last a few days, but a silent problem can develop. A small sprain to the ligaments of the neck that hold the vertebrae in their proper position can only be diagnosed through x-ray, but most kids don’t get films taken. When the pain goes away we think the actual problem has gone away too.
Over time, the improper alignment and disrupted motion can lead to degeneration arthritis. This, in turn, will lead to stiffness and interfere with our quality of life.
So can a whiplash be a silent injury? Most likely yes, but over time it will eventually rear its ugly head. Then, when we finally visit a doctor, we are told of disk degeneration and we really don’t know why this is the case. Is it old age? Well, the disks that are not degenerated are the same age as the disks that are a problem. So it really can’t be an old age problem. Maybe it’s an older discovery, but the problem existed long before. These minor tumbles and whiplashes we experience in our youth do have lasting consequences.
When you get adjusted by your Chiropractor, do you feel as if your adjustments are no longer holding or lasting as long as they use to? Do you realize that if this is the case you have unresolved inflammation that continues to flare up? Many factors play a role as to why you continue to have unresolved and reoccurring inflammation which is causing your adjustment not to hold.
Before we get down to the cause of your inflammation, let’s talk about how it “throws out” your adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments restore normal movement and flexibility to the areas being treated. When you have more normal movement and flexibility the pain response dies down. If pain is reduced and movement is restored then inflammation also dies down. So Chiropractic adjustments indirectly reduce inflammation. By understanding this we can apply reverse logic to see how inflammation throws your adjustment out the window. Reoccurring inflammation causes pain, causing your muscles to tighten (spasms) and pull your adjustment out of whack causing diminished movement and further inflammation and more pain. It’s a vicious cycle.
So what causes inflammation? It can be caused by any number of irritants. For example if you suffer from lower back pain, repetitive movements to this already injured area will cause a flare up (inflammation). However, if you’re getting adjustments to your lower back, you should be feeling better and inflammation should be subsiding even despite repetitive movements that previously caused the problem. So why aren’t you feeling better with your Chiropractic adjustments after all, we said adjustments indirectly reduce inflammation? Right?
Right! Chiropractic adjustments do indirectly reduce inflammation. However, if it is originating from hidden sources other than aggravating movements, Chiropractic treatment may help you feel better temporarily, but your inflammation will return and the relief from your Chiropractic visits will be short-lived.
So where is this hidden source of inflammation originating from? Believe it or not, it can be coming from the very foods you’re eating. Chiropractic treatment will not be able to do much to alleviate this type of inflammatory process. This type of inflammation originates from your Gastrointestinal (GI) system. Just like your body takes its nutrients from here and spreads them to the rest of your body, in like manner, it will spread inflammation throughout the body. This type of inflammation is called systemic inflammation. For the most part you will not always feel it in your gut, but in the sensitive areas already inflamed.
So how can we attack this hidden source of inflammation? By finding out what it is that you are eating, which is causing the inflammatory response and eliminating it from your diet. Permanently! We can begin to do this by ordering and looking at very specific blood tests, which most conventional doctors are not utilizing to the benefit of the patient. This type of approach will not only allow your adjustments to hold better, but it can prevent future illnesses from developing, as you eventually lose tolerance to aggravating foods, causing not just back problems, but disease.
Here are three very effective things you can do to reduce systemic inflammation, in order to make your Chiropractic Adjustments Hold Longer.
1). Eliminate the 3 most inflammatory foods from your diet.
Common cooking oils: Safflower, soy, sunflower, corn, and cottonseed
2). Eliminate allergenic foods from your diet. Three of worst are:
3). Include into your diet:
Turmeric: This is Asian spice contains curcumin, which is a natural anti-inflammatory.
Wild Alaskan Salmon: High in omega-3, this is also a healthy anti-inflammatory.
Healthy Oils: Coconut oil is the best oil to use at cooking temperature, but like Olive oils, it is also healthy at lower temps. Both these oils promote anti-inflammation.