Understanding Me - Inflammation

What we call inflammation in the body occurs when our bodies try to heal injury or illness. 

 

It’s a complex process, but it helps to think of it like a protective army that is mobilised within the body to fix you.

Imagine that your body is cut in some way. Perhaps you scraped yourself against a piece of wood while out walking. Not only did your skin get pierced, but various bacteria and other substances came into contact with your body tissues when it happened.

Your body brilliantly and immediately knows this through all the signalling systems we have in place to protect us. Your ‘protective army’ is mobilised. Special body cells equipped to fix you are rushed to the site. Electrical signals triggered by the experience (and the pain!) travel through the nervous system, which helps to coordinate the processes which protect and repair us when we are hurt or ill.