What is inflammation?
While the inflammatory response is always a component of pain and pain syndromes, pain is not always a component of the inflammatory response in the body. Chronic silent inflammation is probably one of the most insidious burdens on the vast majority of clients in the clinical practice.
While there are numerous pain scales from reported patient experience, there are little or no inflammatory measurement scales. As a result, most patients will deny having inflammation even in the presence of objective biomarkers to the contrary. It’s important to know the biochemical/biological markers that are consistent with inflammation status as a predictor of longevity and morbidity.
Additional, non-invasive methods of the inflammatory response that are clinically reproducible and highly accurate can assist clinical decisions immensely. Heart Rate Variability and digital pulse analysis provide strong insight into the function of the autonomic nervous system. Both technologies provide a clear picture of sympathetic and parasympathetic function and overall neurological control of the body.
Body composition analysis provides deep insights into the inflammatory process, especially silent inflammation. Markers such as intercellular/extracellular water, phase angle, and body cell mass are all significant measures. Many organs and systems can be in silent inflammation for extended periods of time with minimal signs and symptoms or pain.