Body Healing Process

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The body is an amazing machine that is constantly working to heal itself. When we cut our finger, for example, the body immediately starts the process of repairing the damage. This is known as the inflammatory response, a vital part and the first step of the healing process. The next step in the inflammatory response is to increase blood flow and formation of new blood vessels to the area of injury. It is the remodeling phase of healing. This process helps to deliver oxygen and nutrients that are needed for healing. On this phase immune cells called macrophages help remove debris, dead cells and bacteria that could cause further damage. The next step is to start the process of tissue repair or formation of new nerve tissue. The body does this by producing new cells and using them to replace the damaged tissue. This process can take days or weeks, depending on the extent of the damage. Once the tissue has been repaired, the body starts to work on scar tissue. It is known as the maturation phase of healing. Scar tissue is a tough, fibrous tissue that helps to protect the area of injury from further damage. The final step in the healing process is known as remodeling. This is when the body strengthens the area of injury so that it can better withstand future damage. The entire healing process is an amazing feat of engineering constantly happening inside our bodies. When we are injured, the body immediately starts working to repair the damage and protect us from further harm.