This post will VERY BRIEFLY and in as SIMPLE TERMS AS POSSIBLE explain the natural healing process. There is a PURPOSE for this explanation so please don’t skip reading it.
After a person cuts him or herself, there are basically three phases in natural healing (defined as letting the body heal without outside assistance.)
The inflammatory phase requires blood vessels to contract allowing a blood clot to form. Once the areas blood loss is controlled the blood vessels dilate bringing immune cells, antibodies, nutrients and other necessary agents to the area to combat cellular debris. This interaction creates a “walled off area” of necessary inflammation to protect uninjured tissue in the area of the wound.
Once the “battle” is fought and won by the immune system, the proliferation phase begins. In this phase “scaffolding” is created to lay down the foundation for scar tissue based on the type and size of the wound as well as healthy elastic tissue to replace the rest of the wound area.
The final phase is known as the maturation phase where collagen (healthy tissue) undergoes remodeling and a reduction in excessive blood flow (needed during the inflammatory and proliferation phases) to provide the essential needs to maintain the new healthy tissue.
To the average person this entire process is taken for granted. We expect our minor wounds to heal “on their own.” We make it sound like a simple act and one requiring zero attention. Healing is NOT PASSIVE. Although we may not require our cognitive brain to participate in this process, the complexity and preciseness required is both DYNAMIC and ACTIVE! Without this coordinated SYSTEM RESPONSE, the outcome would be DEATH. Knowing this,
can you imagine we take this process for granted anyway?
Healing is an everyday process. Although we may not be aware, our bodies undergo a rigorous work schedule 24/7, 365 days a year. With this new awareness, maybe we can rethink how we treat this amazing mass of structure and function and begin to ACTIVELY support it physically, mentally and emotionally. Maybe this new found understanding of how it works will create increased pride and motivate a new attitude with accompanying change in behavior.
We must begin identifying self destructive patterns and stop lying to ourselves these behaviors don’t matter. If someone you cared about not only took you for granted but actually made your life more difficult to LIVE, how long would it take for you to “stop working” and let the relationship “DIE?“
WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOUR BODY IS ANY DIFFERENT?