I was wondering if you had any information on the pros/cons of using NSAIDs? I work with a lot of surfers with bad backs and sore shoulders and was curious if the use of these drugs could in any way affect one's core strength?
There are certainly a few issues concerned with the use of any NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen. They include:
GI (Gastrointestinal) Inflammation:
Inflammation of the GI tract can be as serious as to include dyspepsia, occult bleeding, overt bleeding and "ulcer disease." Associated toxicity can cause anemia, hospitalization and death.
Leaky Gut Syndrome:
This is a result of extended periods of GI inflammation. The intestinal lining becomes hyperpermeable, allowing for toxic particles called antigens to be passed through the gut wall into the portal vein, thus into general circulation where it is then the liver's job to detox. Extended exposure to a leaky gut can fatigue the liver and immune system. The final result is activation of the "complement system" of killer enzymes, which attack not only the immune complexes, but also the tissues they are imbedded in. This can result in rheumatoid-like symptoms.
Because the digestive organs such as the small and large intestine follow the same neurological loop as the abdominal muscles that surround them (TVA, obliques, rectus ab, etc.), a dysfunction/injury/pain in one can and will cause inhibition of the other. This means: GI inflammation/Leaky Gut = weak abs. Weak abs result in a poor platform of stabilization for the upper and lower appendages to operate from. This will result in compensation by the larger more phasic outer unit muscles to provide this stability. However, they were not designed for this task, making joint pain and injury a strong inevitability. For example, when the rectus abdominis contracts without a proper co-contraction stabilization force of the TVA, the force acts to increase shear at the L5 level.
NSAID use can cause depletion of the body's reserves of many nutrients including Folic Acid, Iron and Vitamin C. It is also important to note that the human body expends about 80% of it's total energy on tasks associated with detoxification. NSAID use only adds to that burden.
- Natural Anti-inflammatory - Metagenics Inflavonoid Intensive Care, Traumeel (cream or drops).
- Natural Pain Control - Bio-Zyme Proteolytic Enzyme
Some things to keep in mind include:
- Over 70 million NSAID prescriptions are written annually, with more than 30 billion OTC sold.
- 13 million in US use NSAIDs regularly.
- The estimated number of annual hospitalizations in the US for serious GI complications is at least 103,000 with direct costs exceeding $2 billion.
- There are more deaths annually related to NSAID use than AIDS-related deaths.
I hope this information helps!
- Chek, P. Optimal Health and Fitness Through Practical Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching. NLC-Level II certification course manual, A C.H.E.K Institute Publication and Production, 2002.