Body Sense

Winter 2011

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flow to the injured area. This delivers the cells and nutrients necessary to clean up the area and isolate any infectious agents or pathogens. The affected area becomes hot and red as blood rushes in. You may also experience a throbbing sensation as blood flow increases. Next, blood vessels become permeable, or "leaky," allowing cells and substances to pass from the bloodstream into the damaged area. Fluids accumulate within the tissue, making it feel and appear swollen, boggy, or puffy. The pain sensation produced during the inflammatory response is global (felt in a large area) and constant because it is chemically induced and affects both damaged and surrounding tissues. This may significantly limit the movement and strength in both the injured and surrounding area. You may have difficulty pinpointing the site of injury, and it is common to experience difficulty resting comfortably and sleeping due to the broad, constant pain associated with this phase. These widespread symptoms of inflammation continue as long as the inflammatory chemicals remain active within the tissue. Another purpose of inflammation is to limit use of structures damaged by injury. Activities that stress the tissue must be stopped in order to prevent additional damage. Swelling, muscle spasm, and pain all limit function by inhibiting strength, endurance, and mobility in affected muscles and joints. Body Sense 9

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