What Are Biochemical Pain Imbalances?
In any given day, thousands of biochemical processes occur in our bodies to help us digest, move, breathe, think, and more. Essentially, these biochemical processes keep us alive and functioning daily. But over time, the substances which assist in fueling these biochemical processes become imbalanced. For instance, a deficiency in a specific vitamin, or too much of one hormone, or even an overgrowth of bacterial pathogens in the gut can all cause biochemical imbalances which results in inflammation and pain.
- Low serotonin neurotransmitter levels are associated with depression, constipation, headaches, and chronic pain.
- Low thyroid hormone levels can cause hypothyroid myopathy muscle pain, migraines, neuropathy, depression, and constipation.
- An overactive immune system caused by food sensitivities, mold, or heavy metals may lead to chronic inflammatory pain in the joints and muscles.
These are just a few examples of the hundreds of possible biochemical imbalances which may be the root cause of chronic pain. By discovering and correcting the underlying biochemical imbalances, the body can naturally heal itself for lasting pain relief.
Biomechanical Pain is the result of musculoskeletal structural dysfunction of the joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. This type of pain is usually the result of poor posture, spinal issues, or an injury. Chiropractic therapy, physical therapy, and massage therapy are common therapies to help eliminate biomechanical pain.
Biochemical Pain is the result of an inflammatory reaction in the body caused by chemical imbalances. This type of pain is usually caused by gut, hormones, neurotransmitter, nutrient, immune, and toxicity imbalances. Nutrition therapy, hormone replacement therapy, and other biochemical-based medications are common therapies to help eliminate biochemical pain.
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The Types of Biochemical Pain Imbalances
Gut Biochemical Imbalances
The human gut is home to trillions of bacteria that live in our digestive tract. These bacteria, along with various viruses, fungi, and even parasites, help shape our gut microbiome. When there is an imbalance with any of these microbes, our gut microbiome becomes inflamed and dysfunctional. Common symptoms of gas, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea are all signs of a gut microbiome imbalance. The latest clinical research is now associating gut imbalances with various pain disorders such as fibromyalgia, migraines, osteoarthritis, Parkinson’s, and other unwanted symptoms. By correcting the root cause of gut imbalances, you may finally achieve pain relief.
Hormone Biochemical Imbalances
As we age, our hormone levels begin to naturally decline or become imbalanced because of external factors such as environmental toxins, unhealthy eating, or a lack of exercise. With over 50 different hormones in the body, it becomes difficult identifying which of these hormone(s) are imbalanced. And the need to balance these hormones to achieve pain relief is vital because many of these hormones act as chemical messengers which help turn on or off pain signals. Further, some of these hormones are anti-inflammatory and others, inflammatory. By correcting the root cause of hormone imbalances, you may finally achieve pain relief.
Neurotransmitter Biochemical Imbalances
Neurotransmitters, also known as brain chemicals, are tiny chemical messengers which carry signals from nerve cells to other cells in the body. Classified as either excitatory or inhibitory, these neurotransmitters are like the master circuit in the body controlling how we feel pain. Many of the common medications used to manage pain are based on neurotransmitters. SSRI and SNRI anti-depressants are based on serotonin and norepinephrine neurotransmitters and anticonvulsants are based on GABA neurotransmitters. By correcting the root cause of neurotransmitter imbalances, you may finally achieve pain relief.
Nutrient Biochemical Imbalances
Vitamin, mineral, amino acid, and fatty acid nutrient imbalances are common contributing factors to chronic pain. Through unhealthy eating, toxin exposure, stress, and medication nutrient depletions, we are continually needing nutrients to help fuel the body. These nutrient substances provide the co-factors needed for many of the biochemical processes our bodies require. When there is deficiency or abundance in any specific nutrient, a biochemical imbalance occurs which can cause inflammatory or neuropathic pain. By correcting the root cause of nutrient imbalances, you may finally achieve pain relief.
Immune Biochemical Imbalances
An overactive or underactive immune system caused by autoimmune disorders, infections, environmental toxins, or mold exposure may be the contributing factor to chronic pain. An imbalanced immune system can cause low-grade inflammation throughout the body which results in muscle, joint, nerve, and headache pain. Additionally, these pain issues amplify unwanted symptoms of fatigue, brain fog, and mood swings. By correcting the root cause of immune imbalances, you may finally achieve pain relief.
Toxicity Biochemical Imbalances
The constant exposure to environmental pollutants, heavy metals, and mold may impair our natural detoxification system. The accumulation of these toxins in our bodies can lead to chronic inflammation and pain. From nagging headaches to neuropathy pains, excessive toxins may be the source behind many symptoms and conditions. By correcting the root cause of toxicity imbalances, you may finally achieve pain relief.