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Inflammatory Treatment
and Chronic Pain
Understanding your Pain and Progress
Treatment Style at CCSR
Your practitioner recognizes that most sports and spinal injuries require much more than a weekly spinal
adjustment. In fact, your body will heal most effectively when treatment stimulates your body’s inflammatory
response. This may seem counterintuitive at first, but inflammation is integral to the production of new cells. With this
in mind, your doctor will treat your injuries through inflammation-causing techniques: active release, trigger-point
therapy, and friction mas-sage (the Graston technique). These types of therapy will cause temporary inflammation in
the treated area, encourag-ing the body to replace damaged cells with new, healthy cells.

The Treatment Recovery Curve
Figure 1 (below) depicts the standard recovery of chronic, injuries. This graph is typical of patients who are dealing
with serious or longstanding conditions. While these conditions cannot always be healed, treatment at CCSR can
often reduce the pain to a manageable level. Point (A) on the graph represents a patients’ first treatment. For 2—3
days after treatment, the patient will experience an increase in inflammation-related pain (B). Happily, this is followed
by a de-crease in inflammation and an increase in health (C)! At point (D), the patient has less pain than the
treatment starting point, and sees his practitioner for another treatment. The next treatment will cause more
inflammation (E), though this inflammation facilitates even more healing. As the graph indicates, treatment will
eventually lead to a state of perma-nently reduced inflammation and manageable pain levels (F). At the point of
management, treatment no longer requires weekly treatment. Instead, Dr. LaBelle recommends monthly or quarterly
visits to the clinic, combined with rigorous home exercise and therapeutic activities such as yoga or massage.
Facilitating your Recovery
After treatment there will often be an increase in inflammation, which sometimes means an increase in pain! This
pain can last up to three days, but it is very easily treated. Applying an icepack to the affected area is the easiest
way to ease pain, though mild doses of
anti-inflammatories can be
taken for more persistent aches.
Never treat inflammatory pain
with heat. Heat sources will
trig-ger the inflammatory
response in your body,
resulting in even more pain!
Your doctor will prescribe
stretches and strengthening
ex-ercises through the course
of your treatment. These
exercises are essential to your
recovery, and will ensure that
your pain levels decrease and
stay at a manageable level.
Figure 1: Pain Levels through Inflammatory Treatment


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