INFLAMMATION: The Basics

Updated: Oct 22

This month, we're coving the hot term of "inflammation." As a broad definition, inflammation is a defense mechanism the body mounts to protect and heal itself from:

  • Infections (bacteria, viruses, fungi)

  • Injuries (scrapes, bruises, wear and tear)

  • Toxins (mold, heavy metals, food additives, radiation)


Array of blue colored bandages with a with backdrop

In order to protect and heal itself, the body sends immune cells, chemicals, and hormones to the injured tissues - we'll call these "warrior cells." To get warrior cells to the injured tissues faster, the body dilates blood vessels and makes them more permeable to increase blood flow to the area. It also sends pain signals to the area to tell your brain not to move the affected area. the combination of dilated blood vessels, permeability, and pain signals is where we see the 5 key signs of inflammation:

  1. Redness

  2. Heat

  3. Swelling

  4. Pain

  5. Loss of function

As the trauma dissipates, all of these signs and symptoms resolve. Good work body. You did it. You protected and healed the body.


But wait, what if it doesn't go away? Why are so many people in a state of chronic inflammation?


That's the golden question.


Between Lyme's disease, allergies, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, IBD, and chronic pain syndromes...our integrative team is going to collectively cover the ranges of inflammatory pathologies and tid-bits that we have found useful to bring down the inflammation. Check out our instagram, facebook, and blog posts for the month of October 2021.


Stay tuned friends.



Dr. Chelsea Leander ND, RH (AHG)




References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279298/

  2. https://medprofvideos.mayoclinic.org/videos/chronic-inflammation-from-the-beginning-to-the-end

  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK493173/





Disclaimer:


This information is generalized and intended for educational purposes only. Due to potential individual contraindications, please see your primary care provider before implementing any strategies in these posts.


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