What causes your headaches? Your menstrual cramping? Your arthritis flare-ups? The underlying cause of each must be vastly different, but most of us are likely to treat it the same way – with medications that block inflammation (i.e. anti-inflammatories). But is this good for us? Can it cause complications in the long-run?
The body generates inflammation and pain as a method of telling us that something’s wrong. In fact, chronic inflammation is believed to underlie nearly all chronic disease and is a significant inducer of the aging process. Though anti-inflammatory natural supplements may work for some, the real potential for pain relief exists in identifying and treating the source of the problem. For example, chronic headaches could be related to posture, old back injuries, estrogen imbalances, immune system dysfunction, chemical sensitivities, food allergies, blood flow changes, and many other problems in the body which, if not resolved, can result in chronic inflammation and more serious health concerns.
This issue of our e-newsletter is about offering healthcare options for people experiencing chronic pain. At KIHC, our job includes helping you to locate and understand the underlying cause of inflammation and pain so that it can be treated. It also includes a broader approach that explores additional ways of coping with pain, such as through meditation, counseling, Qigong, and reduced medication side-effects.
Thank you for reading. Please share this e-newsletter with friends and family who may benefit from the information contained here.
Dr. Sonya Nobbe, ND