Pain, pain go away

Free Range Chickens
April 26, 2016
Naturopathy Yarraville

Almost all pain is the result of inflammation – arthritis, back and muscle problems, period pain, fibromyalgia and headaches to name a few. If it hurts, inflammation is probably involved.

Simple things many of us take for granted, such as brushing your hair or getting out of bed in the mornings can become painful activities. These symptoms may affect relationships or work as pain can affect you emotionally by reducing mood or physically, such as playing sports.

Inflammation is usually a short-term, normal body response from our immune system to help neutralise a threat and restore function. It usually starts from things such as an injury, infection or toxicity. The body is designed to overcome damage. However, if it goes on for too long because the body is depleted of nutrients, tired or stressed, it can’t heal properly. Then the inflammation produces reactions which lead not only to pain but also tissue damage and maybe disease. The inflammatory process consists of two phases – the onset and the resolution; with resolution being the solution.

Some factors which prevent resolution and promote chronic pain and inflammation are:

  • Metabolic syndrome (due to hyperglycaemia from diet)
  • Unrepaired tissue damage (from stress or infection)
  • Oxidative stress (smoking, medications, food additives, physical and emotional stress)
  • Persistent pathogens
  • Persistent allergens (dietary, environmental)
  • Dysbiosis (microbial overgrowth, leaky gut)
  • Nutritional deficiencies, especially Essential Fatty Acid deficiency

You may already be using anti-inflammatory medications with undesirable side effects. Some of these medicines may not be effective any more. Fortunately, natural medicine provides us with some excellent anti-inflammatory options to treat the entire inflammatory process – not just the symptoms but the cause.

By using herbs such as turmeric and devil’s claw and nutrients such as high quality fish oil, they allow the resolution process to finally proceed, so you can start to feel the improvement. Herbs can help reduce all types of pain and inflammation and can be used alongside prescription medications. You may be taking several medications and the addition of natural ingredients can enhance their efficacy and, over time may reduce the need for some.

There is also the importance of specific foods and dietary factors which induce inflammation and those that help promote resolution. Some foods may actually be contributing to your inflammation.

However, with a few strands of hair, we can unlock dietary, nutritional and lifestyle factors that may be contributing to your pain. The Hair Bio-Profile test, which we conduct at the clinic and is assessed by German scientists, reveals the body’s toxins, pathogens, food sensitivities and nutritional requirements.

At Feeling Healthy, we are committed to providing you with the latest research and most up to date clinic treatment options and professional therapeutic medicines, so continuing our professional development is highly important to our practitioners. Recently, I attended a very informative seminar all about chronic pain, inflammation and immune driven conditions. These conditions can debilitate lives, but it doesn’t have to be this way – our bodies are designed to repair and recover. However, our bodies don’t always behave according to their design and in chronic inflammatory diseases, this resolution process fails and a self-perpetuating pathology may develop.

If you are suffering with pain and want a natural approach with no side effects call Feeling Healthy today and learn about our effective and natural treatment recommendations to suit your individual needs.

In our May newsletter, we will look at how inflammation can lead to immune driven conditions (autoimmunity) such as Grave’s Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Coeliac Disease.

‘Sow the seeds for good health, not disease’

Rebecca Screen – Naturopath & Health Coach

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