You’ve got pain…. Now what?
Almost everyone has some painful areas somewhere. Whether it’s a knee that is aggravated by skiing or chronic back pain or arthritis, virtually all of us have pain of some sort by the time we are 30-40 years old.
Pain is usually a symptom of overall inflammation in the body, a process that under the correct circumstances can assist with healing. For example, when you sprain an ankle. Very quickly the ankle will swell with fluid, increase temperature and blood flow and also cause pain. Under normal circumstances this will last a matter of days and then subside while tissue healing and organization occurs. Under systemic inflammation, the injury has difficulty healing and re-organizing the tissues that re-stabilize the joint, causing chronic or long-standing pain.
Fortunately there are a number of things everyone can do very easily to decrease pain and inflammation, regardless of the cause:
Of course this is just the basics, but if everyone with chronic pain made a few of these changes their pain and inflammation would be decreased, leading to faster healing times and more effective treatments from acupuncturists, physiotherapists, chiropractors and other practitioners.
If you wish to get a more customized plan for your individual concerns please contact the clinic that is most convenient to you and ask for a naturopathic assessment with Dr. Coombs.
Westbrook Momentum Health 403-454-1600
Creekside Momentum Health 403-239-6773
Frances Wang, ND
A naturopathic doctor and a mother who loves life, the outdoors and exercise.