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Inflammation…You NEED IT!

Updated: Oct 5, 2023

Inflammation is a Non-negotiable Factor in Healing.

Every time we teach, one of the seemingly HOT BUTTON topics we cover is inflammation. It blows our minds how most people still believe that inflammation is the anti-Christ to all things musculoskeletal and pain. Many people will engage in a fight to the death against this essential, {ESSENTIAL}, factor of healing.

We get it-inflammation hurts, but even though inflammation is often associated with discomfort, it plays a crucial role in our body's ability to heal and recover.

Inflammation is a natural response triggered by our immune system when there is potential tissue damage or an infection. It serves as a protective mechanism, initiating a cascade of events that promote healing and restoration.

Here's why inflammation is an essential, non-negotiable part of healing.

✅Clearing Out the Invaders- When tissue damage or infection occurs, inflammation helps to remove harmful substances, such as bacteria or foreign particles, from the affected area. It activates immune cells that engulf and destroy these invaders, preventing further damage and infection spread.

✅Promoting Blood Flow-Inflammation causes blood vessels in the affected area to widen, increasing blood flow. This enhanced circulation brings essential nutrients, oxygen, and immune cells to the site of injury, facilitating the healing process.

✅Initiating Repair-

Inflammatory signals trigger the release of growth factors and other molecules that stimulate the production of new cells and tissues. This helps in repairing damaged structures and restoring normal function.

✅Recruiting Healing Cells- Inflammation attracts specialized cells, such as fibroblasts, which produce collagen and help in tissue repair. It also attracts other immune cells that release factors to regulate the healing process.

✅Resolving Inflammation-

Once the healing process is underway, inflammation gradually resolves. Specialized cells called macrophages help clear away debris and promote tissue remodeling, ensuring that the repaired area returns to its normal state.

While inflammation is essential for healing, note that chronic or excessive inflammation can have negative effects. In certain conditions, the immune response can become dysregulated, leading to prolonged inflammation that can lead to more pain.

So just what can you do about inflammation that’s stuck? Read our blog “F@#k That Hurts” to learn more.

Understanding the role of inflammation in healing helps us appreciate the intricate mechanisms the body employs to restore itself. Inflammation is important, is essential and should be considered vital part of all healing-so stop trying to eliminate it!

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