Inflammation is impossible to escape, as it is a normal, natural part of the healing process; without it injuries and wounds great or small would never heal. When inflammation occurs, chemicals from the body’s white blood cells are released into the blood or affected tissues in an attempt to rid the body of foreign substances. Some of the chemicals cause leakage of fluid into the tissues, resulting in swelling. The inflammatory response is basically your body’s way of releasing free radicals to scavenge damaged tissues in order for your body to begin to repair itself. The common physiological symptoms include swelling, redness, heat at the site, lack of a range of motion of affected body part, and usually increased pain. After the primary healing takes place the excess free radicals produced during the immune response are neutralized by anti-oxidants or free electrons in the body.
Inflammation can be separated into two distinct categories: acute and chronic. Acute inflammation is the body’s normal protective response to an injury, irritation, or surgery. This natural defense process brings increased blood flow to the area, resulting in an accumulation of fluid. The common medical advice in treating acute inflammation is RICE therapy, which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.