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Arthritis. Fibromyalgia. Back injuries. Poor head and neck posture. All these conditions can lead to inflammation and aching somewhere in your body.

Unfortunately, chronic pain and inflammation are far too common. One medical study reveals that up to 60% of Americans have at least one issue that causes chronic inflammation. Your diet can be a huge factor in either increasing or decreasing your inflammation and discomfort. A physical therapist can help you find foods and other treatment options that can reduce them. 

What foods can increase inflammation and pain?

What you put in your mouth can make your aches and pains worse. Like they say, “you are what you eat.” Many foods can cause inflammation and actually result in pain. 

A few of the foods that you should avoid include: 

Processed sugars — While it may be difficult to resist sodas, chocolate bars, pastries and desserts, it’s smart to just say no. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, processed sugars release inflammatory messengers. The culprits are known as cytokines. To be on the safe side, avoid any ingredients that end in “ose.” That includes sucrose and fructose. Additionally, consider reducing the amount of processed carbs you’re eating. 

Saturated fats — Saturated fats can also trigger inflammation. Cheese and pizza are two mainstays of the American diet. However, Americans should reduce their intakes of these foods because they contain lots of saturated fats. Other saturated fat culprits include full-fat dairy products, pasta, red meat and grain-based desserts.

Trans fatsHarvard researchers sent out the alarm on trans fats in the 1990s. Trans fat can trigger systemic inflammation. You’ll find plenty of trans fats in fast foods, snack foods, cookies, donuts and frozen breakfast products. Be sure to read the ingredient labels and avoid those that contain partially hydrogenated oils.

Monosodium glutamate — While you may think monosodium glutamate (MSG) is only found in soy sauce and other Asian foods, it can be found in many other places. Deli meats, fast foods, salad dressings and prepared soups can all contain this ingredient. MSG is also known as a chemical that triggers pathways for chronic inflammation.

Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation can help you reduce pain and inflammation

Are you searching for effective ways to decrease inflammation and pain? Our team at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation can help you. We offer free screenings designed to reveal the root cause of your inflammation and discomfort. Our physical therapists also excel at building personalized therapy plans intended to decrease pain, reduce inflammation and get you moving again. Your plan may even include suggestions about foods that can reduce inflammation. 

Can’t come see us in person? No problem! We offer several physical therapy services that you can use right from your own home, including virtual therapy and at-home care sessions. Even better, you can start using any of our therapy services without a doctor’s referral. 

Contact our team today for more information about our helpful therapy services or to schedule an initial appointment. 


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