Rethinking Inflammation


Dr. Rachel Hume Chiropractor

Our bodies are far, far more intelligent than we give them credit. In fact, we have an inborn wisdom within us – our innate intelligence – that controls and coordinates every single function within our body, via our nervous system.

Body signs and symptoms are our body’s alarm system – they let us know when imbalances are present. Without symptoms, we would be in far more trouble!

Inflammation is a normal response by the body to trauma, infection or dysfunction within the body. Too quickly we want to get out of discomfort and reduce the inflammation artificially with anti-inflammatory medication, or the like. This can slow down and impair the healing process1,2. Remember, inflammation is there for a reason – to kill pathogens, heal tissue, and/or immobilise a joint while it is healing.

However, chronic inflammation (lasting longer than expected, or recurring) requires attention, as it indicates the body’s healing capacity is potentially impaired. This could be due to issues such as subluxation/s (joint misalignment and nerve pressure), chemical imbalances (eg. toxicity, poor diet, digestive issues, nutrient deficiencies), or stored emotional stress (eg. unresolved grief, anger, worry). A chiropractic adjustment will increase your body’s ability to heal and adapt to the physical, chemical or emotional stress present within the body.  

Think about this: if our smoke alarm in our house was ringing, we wouldn’t just turn the alarm off to stop the noise. We would work out why the alarm was triggered, address the problem, and the alarm would stop ringing as a result. Health problems need to be treated the same way!

So next time you experience inflammation, ask: ‘What is my body trying to tell me?’ And ensure your body is ‘well adjusted’ so that your innately intelligent body can work its healing magic!


1.       Mishra DK, Fridén J, Schmitz MC, Lieber RL. Anti-inflammatory medication after muscle injury: a treatment resulting in short-term improvement but subsequent loss of muscle function. J Bone Joint Surg. 1995;77A:1510-1519.

2.       Reynolds JF, Noakes TD, Schwellnus MP, Windt A, Bowerbank P. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs fail to enhance healing of acute hamstring injuries treated with physiotherapy. S Afr Med J. 1995 Jun;85(6):517-22.