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Chronic Inflammation Leads To Neck, Back & Joint Pain

Chronic low grade inflammation is one of the most common and most under addressed causes of chronic pain.

Inflammation is the first stage of the healing process after injury but is only suppose to last 48-72 hours.  This is not the type of inflammation I’m talking about.  Chronic low grade inflammation is an inflammatory response that continues for an extended period of time.

Causes of Chronic Inflammation

  • Injuries
  • Mechanical Stress (repetitive injuries, poor postures, etc)
  • Infection
  • Toxins
  • Decreased Exercise
  • Radiation
  • Allergies
  • Leaky Gut
  • Omega 6 : Omega 3 FA imbalance

Consuming a diet high in omega 6 FA (grains, sugars, etc) is probably the biggest culprit. A healthy diet should consist of 1 omega 6 FA for every 1 omega 3 FA.  The average person consuming a western diet comsumes 20-40 omega 6 FA for very 1 omega 3 FA.  Omega 6 FAs are very pro-inflammatory while omega 3 FAs are anti-inflammatory.

Chronic inflammation causes fibrosis which is a processes involving the thickening and scaring of connective tissue.  Fibrosis causes a build up adhesions in connective tissues and decreases movement in the joints and lack of joint mobility causes pain.

You have receptors on all of your joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs, etc.  When joints and tissues are healthy and moving properly they send a positive signal to the brain call proprioception.  Proprioception decreases both stress production and pain signals in the body (to keep it very simple).  When joints and tissues are injured, damaged or do not move they send a different signal nociception.  Nociception triggers the stress response in the body and when this signal gets to the part of the brain for conscious awareness (prefrontal cortex) it causes pain.  Chiropractic adjustments reduce spine and joint pain by breaking-up adhesions in joints, decreasing nociception and increasing proprioception.

Properly consumption of omega 3 FA through supplementation is a must for most (all) people.  The average adult should consume 3000-3500mg of EPA:DHA daily.  This can vary for body size and diet.  Children should should consume about 1500 mg of EPA:DHA.

At Square ONE we offer a simple finger prick test that allows one to properly measure his/her levels of EPA:DHA so one can determine the proper levels of supplementation required.

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Square ONE Weight Loss Recipe of the Week: Beef Stir Fry

Beef Stir Fry
Beef Stir Fry. Ideal Protein & Square ONE health

Beef Stir Fry

  • Beef, cut into small strips
  • 1/2 cup broccoli
  • 1/2 cup zucchini
  • 1/4 cup bell pepper
  • tamari sauce
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • olive oil

Stir fry meat with garlic powder and pepper in olive oil over medium heat until browned. Add veggies and stir fry for 2 minutes more. Add 1/4 cup of water. Add ginger and tamari sauce (to taste) for an additional 2-3 minutes until vegetables are tender.

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Square ONE Weight Loss Recipe of the Week: Mediterranean Chicken

Mediterranean Chicken

Mediterranean Chicken
Mediterranean Chicken. Square ONE Health. Ideal Protein
  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1/4 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 Tbs tomato puree
  • 1 cup hot water
  • fresh basil leaves torn into pieces
  • Italian spices

Mix lemon juice, cloves, cinnamon, salt, pepper, and Italian spices together and marinate the chicken in it for at least 4 hours. Grill or broil chicken until tender and set aside. Put the tomato and tomato puree in a sauce pan. Stir and add the hot water slowly. Simmer over a gentle heat until the tomatoes have softened. Place chicken in the pan, turn over a few times to cover with the sauce. Cover and cook for a few minutes longer over a medium heat, then serve hot with torn basil for garnish.

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