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Immune Response-Musculoskeletal Pain


Article by Jason Racca, PT, DPT, CFMT, OCS

Photography by Hope Gray Photography

At R3 Physio, we often encounter intriguing cases that reveal the intricate connections within the human body. A concept that frequently surfaces in our practice is the relationship between the immune response and musculoskeletal pain.

Immune System and Musculoskeletal Pain: An Intertwined Reality

It's a common misconception that musculoskeletal pain is solely due to physical injuries or wear and tear. However, our clinical experiences and observations suggest otherwise. For instance, it's not unusual for people to experience back pain following the flu or joint pain when they consume gluten, to which they are sensitive. These instances highlight that the immune response can indeed manifest as physical pain in the body.

Understanding this interplay is crucial, especially in practices like ours that offer holistic physical therapy for chronic pain and long standing issues that did not respond to the more conventional approaches.

Visceral Connection: The Role of Gut Health

Diving deeper into this connection, we find that about 70-80% of the immune system is located in the gut. This fact alone revolutionizes our approach to physical therapy. The gut is not only linked to the immune system but also has significant connections to the brain, lungs, and heart. Therefore, in conditions like airway dysfunction or joint pain, it's essential to consider the visceral system alongside the musculoskeletal system.

We strive to understand the full picture - how all these systems interplay and influence one another.

R3 Physio's Integrated Physical Therapy Approach

Our mission at R3 Physio is to provide an integrated approach to health and wellness. Our approach includes visceral manipulation therapy for post-surgical recovery and a comprehensive approach to TMJ dysfunction. We're not just treating symptoms; we're exploring and addressing the underlying causes, whether they stem from dietary habits, lifestyle choices, or hidden medical conditions.

This approach has proven effective for various needs, from physical therapy for unresolved medical conditions to non-surgical treatments for spinal disorders, to physical therapy for dancers with injuries.

Pain is a complex, multifaceted experience that often requires a holistic and integrated treatment approach. At R3 Physio, we're committed to uncovering and addressing the root causes of your pain, recognizing the vital interconnection between all your body's systems. By understanding this interconnectedness, we can provide more effective, personalized care, helping our patients on their journey to optimal health and wellness.

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