Inflammation is the body’s response to infection, irritation or injury. It is a natural process that helps the body heal and protect itself from harm. However, sometimes inflammation can become chronic and lead to health problems.
The cause of inflammation is typically a combination of factors, including genetics, lifestyle choices and environmental exposures. Some conditions, such as autoimmune diseases, can also cause chronic inflammation.
Written by Christina Eng Physiotherapist, Clinical Pilates Instructor
Inflammation is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and substances they produce protect us from infection with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses. However, inflammation can also be the cause of many diseases and conditions, such as allergies, arthritis, asthma, autoimmune diseases, and cancer.
The inflammatory response is a complex biological process that involves many different types of cells and molecules. When these systems are working properly, they protect us from disease-causing organisms while also repairing tissue damaged by injury or infection. However, when there is an imbalance in the inflammatory response it can lead to chronic inflammation which can damage healthy tissue and lead to various diseases and conditions.
There are many different causes of chronic inflammation but one of the most common is an overactive immune system. The immune system is designed to protect us from foreign invaders but sometimes it can become dysregulated and start attacking healthy tissues instead. This can happen due to genetic predisposition or exposure to certain environmental factors such as pollution or stress. Chronic inflammation can also be caused by chronic infections or autoimmune diseases where the body starts attacking itself instead of foreign invaders.
There are many different ways to treat chronic inflammation but one of the most important is identifying its cause. If you think you may be suffering from chronic inflammation then it’s important to see your doctor for a proper diagnosis so that appropriate treatment can be started.
Phase 2: Repair and Regeneration
The second phase of inflammation is the repair and regeneration phase. This occurs when the body starts to repair the damage that was done during the first phase. The immune system starts to produce new cells and proteins that help to repair the damage. This process can take several days or weeks.
Phase 3: Remodelling and Maturation
Remodelling and maturation is the third and final phase of the inflammatory response. This phase begins once the initial injury has been repaired and the tissue has begun to heal. During this phase, the body works to rebuild any damaged structures and to improve blood circulation. Additionally, the immune system continues to work to remove any remaining pathogens from the area. Finally, scar tissue forms in order to protect the area from future damage.