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Your Atlanta Chiropractor Explains Exactly What Inflammation is
Dr. Summer TurnerJun 27, 2024 12:38:20 PM6 min read

Atlanta Chiropractor Explains What Inflammation Is

We get many questions about inflammation in our Atlanta office these days, but inflammation isn't all bad.

At its core, inflammation is an appropriate response by your body when you are sick or injured.

It happens when your immune system attacks and neutralizes toxins, bacteria, and viruses.

Inflammation is a normal part of the healing process.

An acute inflammatory response causes swelling, dilated blood vessels, pain, heat, and redness.

Once your body begins to heal, your body settles, inflammation goes away, and you get on with your life.

When your body heals as it should, there is usually no long-lasting effects of inflammation.

However, chronic inflammation is entirely different.

Chronic inflammation can occur if an injury or sickness is never completely healed. 

It can be due to chronic toxic overload, inadequate nutrition, repetitive injury, or chronic stress.

If chronic inflammation isn't addressed, it can develop into harmful patterns that can cause future health problems like cardiovascular disease, colitis, or even neurological diseases like Alzheimer's or Parkinson's.

In the article below, we will discuss acute and chronic inflammation and how chiropractic care in Atlanta can do to help.

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Acute inflammation is a response to an injury

What Is Acute Inflammation?

When we see acute inflammation in our Atlanta patients, it is due to an injury or an infection to an area.

Acute inflammation is typically seen as swelling, bruising, immobility, heat, or redness.

Inflammation is our body's way of protecting and preserving an area that has been injured to help start the healing process.

Inflammation creates an environment that promotes healing in the affected area.

If inflammation never occurred, cuts, broken bones, infections, and tissue damage wouldn't be able to heal.

After an injury occurs, you will notice almost immediate swelling and bruising.

This is due to the small arteries and blood vessels enlarging to supply blood to the damaged area, increasing the blood flow, causing swelling.

Then your capillaries carry oxygen and proteins to the injured area and remove any harmful waste that infects your body.

After that, your body releases neutrophils, which is a white blood cell that will help heal damaged tissue and clear up infections.

This all takes place immediately after an area has been damaged or infected.

Once your body has healed, your inflammation should clear up. If it doesn't, it could turn into chronic inflammation.

Chronic inflammation can lead to health problems

What Is Chronic Inflammation?

As we've just talked about, inflammation is a natural process that helps our body heal.

It removes harmful debris like irritants and pathogens from your body so it can begin to heal.

But problems can occur when regular inflammation becomes long-term, or chronic.

When this happens, your body is creating more inflammation that is a response to the existing inflammation.

If this cycle isn't broken, it can lead to chronic pain and other dreadful consequences that get in the way of your daily activities.

Imbalances in your immune system cause chronic inflammation.

Over time your immune system develops via exposure to your environment. The more exposure it has, the stronger it becomes.

Antibiotics are essential, but it's vital to only take antibiotics when necessary because learning to fight bugs and allergens strengthens our immune system.

Certain foods and lifestyle factors like sleep deprivation, stress, and an unhealthy diet can also increase your risk of inflammation.

Chronic inflammation can also result from your body's inability to eliminate the cause of acute inflammation or an autoimmune response where your immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue because it thinks it is a harmful pathogen.

A chiropractic adjustment can help reduce inflammation

Chiropractic Adjustments Help Reduce Inflammation

Chiropractic care's primary purpose is to realign the vertebrae in your spine using spinal manipulation to reduce pressure on your nerves and support a healthy nervous system.

Chiropractic care's primary purpose is to realign the vertebrae in your spine using spinal manipulation to reduce pressure on your nerves and support a healthy nervous system.

When your spine and other joints are in proper alignment, and your nerves are functioning as they should, your body will function normally.

This halts the production of neuropeptides, which will help reduce inflammation.

Chiropractic treatments also help reduce cytokine production, which are proteins that regulate the cells in your immune system.

If cytokines build up, they can cause severe inflammatory responses. Getting regular spinal adjustments can help relieve inflammation over time.

Lifestyle changes may be necessary to combat inflammation

Chiropractors Will Suggest Lifestyle Changes

 Along with performing spinal manipulations, your chiropractor can also offer you lifestyle advice to help you get in and stay in amazing health.

Your chiropractor can give you personalized lifestyle advice based on the following topics that can help combat chronic inflammation.

Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Eat an anti-inflammatory dietAn anti-inflammatory, nutrient-dense diet low in calories made up of fruits, vegetables, lean meat, and fish can help reduce and prevent chronic inflammation.

It may also be necessary to take Vitamin D, fish oil, and magnesium supplements to promote your joint health. Although their nutritional recommendation isn't a cure-all, when combined with manual manipulations and other natural therapies, chronic inflammation will start to dwindle.


Exercise can help fight inflammationExercise and physical activity promote healthy bodily functions that will reduce inflammation.

Your chiropractor may recommend 30 minutes of active exercises with 15 minutes of weight training at least four days a week to help.

Weight Loss

Losing wright helps with inflammationExercise and weight loss go hand in hand. Maintaining a healthy weight is important for keeping inflammation at bay and your overall optimal health.

Overweight people are automatically more prone to being inflamed for longer periods of time, especially if they're suffering from any sort of accident injuries.

When you are overweight, you are naturally more inflammatory.

Eating the right diet and exercising will promote weight loss, so your body is less inflammatory.

Managing Stress

Chiropractic care can help manage stressIf you feel stressed all the time, seeking chiropractic therapy can offer you a few stress management techniques along with natural solutions.

Things like meditating and doing yoga, among many other techniques, are great at reducing stress and encouraging optimal health.

It's easier said than done sometimes, but our best advice for people is to make sure they're getting good, quality sleep. Getting enough sleep is also crucial in reducing your stress and helping you effectively tackle stressful situations. and encouraging optimal health.

A balanced approach, including regular chiropractic adjustments and the proper lifestyle modifications, will lead to a happier, healthier you.

The Arrowhead Clinic in Atlanta will help fight chronic inflammation

Contact Arrowhead Clinic In Atlanta If You Are Dealing With Inflammation

The chiropractors at the Arrowhead Clinic in Atlanta know how to align your body so all of your systems are working as they should.

When you are properly aligned, your immune system will function properly and fight off harmful bacteria and heal your body from injury.

If you are dealing with chronic inflammation (or if you aren't sure if you are), you need to visit a chiropractic clinic in Atlanta to begin treatment as soon as possible.

The longer you put it off, the longer your immune system will be compromised, leaving it unable to fight off infection and damage caused by an injury. And, the longer you're in constant pain.

To make your health a priority, encourage faster healing, and be sure your immune system functions the way it should, schedule a Free Consultation with an expert chiropractor at Arrowhead Clinic in Atlanta.

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Dr. Summer Turner

Dr. Turner is Arrowhead Clinic’s Atlanta Chiropractor. She is originally from North Carolina but has traveled all over the country pursuing her career as a Chiropractor by treating people who have been injured in accidents and people who suffer from chronic pain. She has been with Arrowhead for many years, fulfilling her desire to help accident victims and patients who suffer from chronic pain conditions. Dr. Turner is well-versed in chiropractic care with an emphasis on sports-related therapies. She had the opportunity to train under the chiropractor for the Carolina Panthers to complete her Master's in Sports Rehabilitation. She studied under two more chiropractors, which allowed her to sharpen her skills and adjusting techniques. Dr. Turner is certified in several soft tissue techniques, including Active Release Technique (ART) and Fascial Distortion Model (FDM), as well as a movement diagnosis technique called Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). Dr. Turner believes that movement is life and, as such, plays a critical role in overall health. She has always been passionate about helping people improve their quality of life, be it through chiropractic care, nutritional counseling, and/or a variation of physical modalities. She has helped many individuals achieve a healthier life. A recent review left by one of Dr. Turner’s patients stated, “Great customer service from staff. Quick and effective service from the doctor.” Dr. Turner offers free, same-day consultations to anyone in pain. She is available for appointments Monday-Friday from 9 a.m to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.