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Improving Chronic Pain with Diet

At least 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, according the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. This is more than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. This has a staggering effect on workplace productivity, healthcare costs, and life happiness. Chiropractic has had great success with chronic pain owing to its focus on normalizing the role of nervous system response, and maximizing the body’s innate healing abilities.

There can more to pain than the structures involved. Inflammation caused by a bad diet can play a prominent role in chronic pain. Inflammation is simply the body’s immune response to toxins as it seeks to rid itself of it. While there are different types of inflammation with different causes and effects, one common result of that immune response is the triggering of nerves to create pain, and swelling. Chronic pain is the result of failure to eliminate the stressors that brought on the inflammation. This is where diet comes in.

Pain management specialist, William Welches, D.O., advocates the following staples to create an anti-inflammatory effect:

1. Consuming 6-9 servings of vegetables a day.
2. Restricting dairy and grains
3. Restricting red meat

Let’s be clear that diet is just one component in reducing chronic pain, but one that’s within your control. At Body Bliss, we use lab based testing to determine what nutritional deficiencies you may have, as well as getting the complete picture of what’s taking place inside of you. If you would like more information as to how a lab test can get you the answers you need, fill out the questionnaire below and call us to schedule a nutritional consult.