Using Movement and Exercise to Reduce Inflammation

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By Dr. Sender Deutsch
Published on September 3, 2014

Reduce dependence on anti-inflammatories with movementInflammation is typically associated with pain, swelling and discomfort. In order to rid ourselves of this negative feeling, we tend to take anti-inflammatories like aspirin and ibuprofen but you may want to think twice before you pop your next pill! Recent research suggests that by taking anti-inflammatories we may actually be preventing the body from healing effectively.  Studies demonstrate that non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) can impair tendon healing, decrease tissue strength and reduce the integrity of the tissues.

The use of anti-inflammatory medications has many adverse effects such as stomach ulcers, kidney and liver and cardiovascular issues that cause hospitalizations as result.  In reality, inflammation is the body’s natural defense system at work.  This common side effect is necessary in order to allow our bodies to heal and recover from a hard work out, injury or response to an infection or allergies.

Every medication has some side effects except for exercise and movement. Movement and exercise are the only type of medicine and treatment with no side effect or adverse reaction. It naturally heals the body by increasing blood flow and circulation and pumping the accumulated waste products out of the area.  More importantly it causes the tissues to line up along their proper lines of stress allowing tissues to heal in the formation they were prior to the injury.

Our body has an incredible way of preventing threat and warding off problems.  The theme “exercise is medicine” or “motion is lotion” is very important to remember.  Naturally clearing out toxins that have accumulated as a result of inflammation through exercise and movement is more effective as it allows the body to heal itself along its proper lines of stress.  As well, it creates circulation and natural pumping to increase blood flow and promote lymphatic drainage to take away the debris that has accumulated.

The next time you have an injury or are in pain skip the pills and do some easy movement, mobility exercises and stretches to enhance the natural healing of your body.  Not only will it repair and recovery the tissues better it will also decrease your pain by releasing endorphins that make you feel better.