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Inflammation the body’s natural response to injury

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Inflammation is the body’s reaction to invasion by an infectious agent, antigen or even just physical, chemical or traumatic damage. The inflammatory reaction is one of the body’s oldest defense mechanisms. When damage occurs the body’s automatic defense system starts the inflammatory process within seconds. Blood flow is increased at the point of injury, the blood vessels expands to allow oxygen, clotting agents and white blood cells to penetrate the damaged tissues. Over a period of hours the concentration of white blood cells increases at the point of injury.

Individual cells are affected by the inflammatory process. Extra fluid that carries with it metabolic waste, lactic acid, and uric acid passes into the damaged cells; this begins the process of disrupting the ionic balance of the cell. The chemical balance of the cell changes and cellular degeneration begins.

The presence of extra fluid, white blood cells, and increased blood flow within the tissues causes the damaged area to enlarge and swell. This is commonly known as edema.

If untreated, inflammation becomes chronic forcing the body to adapt to it. This often leaves many to think they just need to live with their pain.

How Do Magnetic Fields Influence Inflammation?

When static magnets are placed over an area of inflammation, the magnetic field penetrates through the skin and deep into the tissues and blood stream. Damaged cells will react to the presence of a magnetic field by realigning their ions into the correct position. This process is known as electro- deportation. It begins the process of eliminating the excess metabolic waste from within the cell. Cell damage will stop and healing of the cells will begin over a period of days.

When inflammation in the body is alleviated, the damage caused by the inflammatory process begins to be repaired by a fresh and rich supply of oxygen and nutrients. Cells that have been disrupted and de-oxygenized begin to heal and tissue regeneration starts. Excess fluid is eliminated from the body and toxins are removed. The circulatory system returns to normal and the heart does not have to work so hard to pump extra fluid around the body. Magnetic fields will stabilize all of these processes and aid the body in its recovery.

Magnets Do Not Block Pain Signals; they stimulate a physiologic change to start the healing process.

Robin Mize is a stress and pain specialist. She can be reached at 208-263-8846 www.pulsepowernow.com Please visit sandpointwellnesscouncil.com for other articles by Robin and all members of the council.

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