Our bodies work wonders as it can move by itself using our musculoskeletal system, it can control bodily functions using our nervous system, aids in the growth and functioning of the cells using the endocrine system and nourishes the tissues using the circulatory system. Aside from these bodily processes, our body also has the ability to repair itself from internal or external damage through its natural healing process, and your Wesley Chapel chiropractor has to be well versed in many of these different areas as the body acts as one overall machine.
Healing entails both psychological and physical healing. Psychological healing is the body’s ability to return back to a normal state of mind after periods of psychoses or neuroses. Physical healing involves repair of wounds, maintaining normal body temperature and the like. In here, we will discuss physical healing further.
The body’s natural healing process is the body’s ability to repair and fight off foreign microorganisms from invading the system. This process is mediated by the immunity and inflammation response and is the one responsible for fighting off infection and repairing injured tissues.
The Inflammatory Process
Inflammation is the body’s initial reaction to tissue damage. When tissue trauma is present, the body produces inflammatory mediators such as prostaglandin, bradykinins and histamine to repair the damaged tissue. These chemicals produce the cardinal signs of inflammation such as swelling, pain, redness, heat and loss of function. Swelling, heat and redness are a result of increased blood flow to the damaged area to allow the white blood cells and platelets to fight invading microorganisms and prevent excessive bleeding.
Along with the inflammation is the clotting mechanism of the body to prevent bleeding. When a tissue is injured and a blood vessel is severed, the body produces certain components to make the blood clot and seal the injured artery to prevent more bleeding.
Tissue regeneration happens when inflammation has subsided and bleeding is prevented. This is the body’s way to generate new cells in place of the damaged ones. The body produces a collagen network to form a fibrous tissue over the damaged tissue or organ. Tissue regeneration is also seen in non-functioning cells. For instance, in kidney disease, the renal cells may not be able to perform its function in filtering the blood for toxins. What the body does is to regenerate more renal cells or nephrons to compensate with the inability of the cells to perform their functions leading to a hypertrophy or increase in the size of the affected kidney.
What the body can’t do
Despite the body’s ability to heal and regenerate most body cells, it cannot regenerate neurons or cells in the central nervous system. Once died or damaged, these neurons cannot be regenerated. This explains why brain damage is irreversible as opposed to a fracture wherein the bone can approximate itself to join the two bones together again.
In diabetes, once the beta cells of the pancreas die and fail to produce insulin, it cannot be undone making diabetes a lifelong disease.
Since the body cannot heal most of its injuries, it may be prudent to avoid illnesses and ensure a healthy lifestyle. The body has its own mechanism to heal itself, but too much injury can also be too much for the body to repair leading to permanent disabilities.