What a Pain in the Gut!

Today, we want to tackle the (sometimes) dreaded topic of nutrition and how it affects chronic pain. Most of us are aware that our diet can directly affect our health and how we feel on a daily basis. However, our diet can also have a long-term effect on our health. A well balanced diet not only helps us to look, feel, and perform better, but it also renews energy and reduces the risk of certain diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

According to a Stanford study, certain substances in the foods we eat may assist with the reduction of inflammation, reducing pain sensations, and improving mood. For example, Omega-3 fatty acids found in flaxseed, walnuts, halibut, and shrimp are known to help reduce headaches, inflammatory pain associated with multiple sclerosis and arthritis. Someone suffering from constipation may experience aggravated back pain, but eating foods high in fiber can prevent the constipation. Tryptophan, which is found in dairy foods (yogurt, milk, chocolate, oats, bananas) has been known to reduce neuropathic pain and improve sleep. In addition, green tea and cherries may help relieve pain.

According to an article from the Michigan State University Extension Office, researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham have found that people who are prone to chronic pain find themselves more susceptible to prolonged health issues if their diets are poor.

The Mayo Clinic published an article stating that, “Research suggests that there’s a link between diet and inflammation, which is your body’s response to injury or infection. Inflammation causes heat, redness, swelling and pain in the affected part of the body.” Avoiding foods that cause inflammation and consuming anti-inflammatory foods can help reduce pain in the body.

At Galloway Therapy, we are here to serve your physical therapy needs, as well as promote overall health for each one of our patients. If you would like to make an appointment to see us, please call 501-319-7659 or visit www.gallowaytherapy.com for more information.

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