The Inflammatory Response: Friend or Foe?

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Our bodies are sophisticated, unique, works of nature.  We have adapted to our environments by growing and evolving with our living conditions, and in response to the physical labor and movement conducted each day.  So it comes as no surprise that along with the intricate, inner workings of are bodies are some contradictory effects.  For example, when you get sick with an infection, you may develop a fever.  That fever leaves you with “the chills” when in reality your body is “burning” away at what ails you.

And when it comes to injury, the body responds with inflammation. 

Inflammation is an important part of the body’s healthy response to injury and infection; however, research has suggested that it may also be at the root of many health conditions such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, rheumatoid arthritis, and atherosclerosis.

Luckily, research at the foundation of Chiropractic care is built upon the body’s ability to heal itself through D.C.’s like Dr. Rob Fast.  

So when is inflammation good?  Inflammation is part of the body’s response to infection and tissue damage, and it is crucial to the healing process. It is also a protective reaction involving immune cells, blood vessels, and molecular mediators, intended to eliminate the initial cause of cell injury, clear out necrotic cells and tissues damaged from the original insult and the inflammatory process, and initiate tissue repair. There are two classes of inflammation: acute or chronic. Acute inflammation is the “good” inflammation that fends off foreign invaders and heals injuries. If an inflammatory response flares up and then dies down, there’s nothing to worry about.

On the other side is bad or “chronic” inflammation.  When inflammation is prolonged, this is considered chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation can be a symptom that causes problems of its own. It has been implicated in the muscle loss that occurs with aging, as well as in obesity.  Inflammation is also a hallmark sign of autoimmune disorders, exposure to low levels of a particular irritant or irritants cannot be eliminated, such as toxic elements or environmental pollutants or food sensitivities.  Identifying the cause of your chronic inflammation is the first step in determining the path to a healthier you.

If you suspect you’re suffering from chronic inflammation, talk to the staff at the Back Pain Clinic Belleville when you make your appointment.  They’re equipped with the latest testing tools to properly diagnose and treat your pain.