Adhesion of the connective tissue
Connective tissue is found almost everywhere on the body. It encloses the organs, muscles and cavities of the body. You can imagine it as a very thin, firm skin, which is, however, quite tear-resistant and hard-wearing. It is also known as fascia. The fasciae are responsible for the mobility of the body. All fasciae of the body are directly or indirectly connected to each other and hold all structures of the body in place. However, they also allow the various layers to be displaced relative to one another in order to enable free movement. For various reasons, however, the connective tissue can be very tight and stressed and, as a result, stick together. This leads to pain when moving.Since all fasciae are connected to one another, adhesions are not only noticeable in the affected area, but often also in other parts of the body.
The connective tissue can stick together if it does too much or incorrectly loaded becomes. Then the fibers, which are actually arranged in parallel, twist and then stick together. Often the wrong load through mental stress triggered, which leads to permanent tension in the entire body. Also Relief postures chronic pain or after surgery are common causes. Another possible cause is Sedentary lifestyle. Here, the stretchable fibers of the fascia are gradually replaced by less stretchable ones, which leads to a stiffness of the body.
Through the gluing of the connective tissue you can Pinched nerves and cause pain.
Since older people have a much lower proportion of water in their body than young people and the fasciae also consist of water, show older people more likely to have problems with the fascia. The elasticity of the connective tissue is significantly lower in them.
By sticking together the connective tissue, the body becomes in its Mobility very limited, because the flexibility of the structures is no longer given. In addition, it can be through the Entrapment of blood vessels or nerves too strong Pain come.
But not only the muscles, but also those organs are surrounded by connective tissue, it can lead to discomfort here too. If the connective tissue is so sticky that the affected organ can no longer be adequately supplied with nutrients, this leads to a Reduced functionality. Depending on which organ is affected, it can be too Heart trouble, Difficulty breathing or Indigestion come. Circulatory disorders or neurological failures are also possible symptoms.
If the connective tissue has adhesions, this can be the case very painful be. Various structures of the body can be constricted and their function impaired as a result. For example, the fascia is one Muscle affected, it can become one Restriction of movement of the muscle and blood vessels and nerves running in the immediate vicinity can also be affected. Usually this is called by those affected flat pain felt and often can not exactly localized become.
Especially at Back pain it is often the fascia that cause the Cause of back pain represent. Often patients with back pain complain of non-specific pain and if no exact cause can be found, it will Intervertebral disc blamed for the pain. However, it is often the fascia that cause the pain. By sedentary lifestyle, as it is due to many sedentary activities in most people, the fasciae stick together and lead to severe pain. In patients who have had surgery for their back pain, the pain often recurs after a year at the latest. Fascia training can be helpful here to loosen the fascia.
If there are problems with the connective tissue, this can be through imaging procedures however not recognized making the diagnosis more difficult.
For more information, see: Fascia training
Adhesion in the thigh
Of the Thigh consists of one of the strongest muscle groupsthat man possesses. Since doing all muscles both be traversed and enveloped by fascia and connective tissue, these can stick together in every area. They can do that Slide of the connective tissue layers with each other hinder and thus Make movements difficult and also Pain trigger that rather diffuse and flat occur.
Read more about the topic here: Pain in the thigh
Adhesion on the stomach
The belly is too covered with layers of connective tissuewhich is an important Support function own and at the same time also the Insertion of the abdominal muscles are. In addition, the trunk of a person is exposed to many twisting and shearing movements, so that the mobility of the layers among one another is very important. Adhesion in the abdominal area can for example after operations occur when a infection and associated inflammation has taken place.
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Adhesion in the knee
The knee is from one complex ligament and connective tissue apparatus held and must be there charges that can be many times our body weight in the short term. At the same time it has to be big too Freedom of movement allow. Inflammation or long periods of inactivity can cause these Connective tissue layers shorten and sometimes stick together. This hampers the functioning of the knee and it can too Movement restrictions and pain to lead. However, if you have knee pain it is important to have one Differentiation from inflammatory diseases (arthritis) and degenerative symptoms (osteoarthritis) because they need a different therapy.
Read more about the topic here: Knee Pain - What Do I Have?
Adhesions in the foot
Similar to the knee, the feet need to be on a relatively small area carry full body weight can. For this they are with Musculature equipped, but which supported by strong connective tissue ligaments becomes. The strongest of these is the flat one Plantar fasciawhich that Longitudinal arch of the foot tense. At Inflammation or insufficient movement of the feet these connective tissue ligaments can also shorten and become matted.
Loosen connective tissue adhesions
The adhesions of the connective tissue can be loosened by various methods. Light bonds can be made with independent stretch and lots of movement to solve. Connective tissue massages by a physical therapist are another option. Glued fasciae can usually be mobilized very well by manual pressure.
There is also what is known as fascia therapy. This consists in making the fasciae more flexible through certain dynamic stretching exercises and replacing the previously hardened connective tissue cells with new, elastic cells. The success does not start immediately after the first exercise unit, rather it is a creeping process that has a long and lasting effect. You can also use a fascia roller to massage the connective tissue and loosen stuck fascia. After a few weeks, you should notice an improvement in mobility and a reduction in pain. A change in posture is also often associated with an improvement in symptoms.
Figure connective tissue
I. - skin with strong
(Firm skin surface)
II - skin with
Connective tissue weakness
(Dents on the
- Skin - Cutis
- Strengthened fabric fibers
- Normal fat cells -
- Deep layers of fat
- Enlarged fat cells
- Weak tissue fibers
Signs of weak connective tissue:
A. - Cellulite (Orange peel) - dented skin structure
B. - Pregnancy- or Stretch marks
C. - Spider veins (a type of mini convulsive vein)
D. - Varicose veins (Varices)
E. - hemorrhoids (Rectal varicose veins)
F. - Uterus subsidence (Lowering of the uterus in its holding apparatus)
You can find an overview of all Dr-Gumpert images at: medical illustrations
Exercises against sticky connective tissue
Ailments caused by a fasciae sticking together can be alleviated with certain exercises and manual therapy. A distinction can be made between active and passive measures:
To the passive action belongs to a massage or therapy session with a physiotherapist. This can loosen the bonds by means of manual pressure. Used a trend that has emerged in recent years Foam rollers and balls to imitate this pressure of the physiotherapist by lying down, sitting or kicking on them, and then massage your own tissue with a rolling movement and squeeze. These roles are called "Fascia roll"or"Blackroll'.
To the active methods however, include exercises and movements that aim at that Shift layers of connective tissue against each other or this too stretch and strain. The tensile and shear stress leads to the cells in the connective tissue being stimulated to produce the Remodeling tissue and adapt to the load. In the process, old tissue is broken down and new tissue is built up. Exercises that target the fascia in the back, for example, are "the flying sword" and "the big cat stretch"(English," big cat stretching exercise "). In general, the exercises should be carried out dynamically, but never jerkily. A training intensity of approx. 2x / week is recommended.
Read more about the topic here: Fascia training
Since the fascia consists partly of water, it is advisable to maintain flexibility enough liquid to take in.
In addition, can silicon be helpful to maintain the functionality of the connective tissue. Silicon has a positive effect on the build-up of collagen and elastin, both substances that give connective tissue its elasticity. The body cannot produce silicon itself. It can be in the form of Nutritional supplements or through vegetable foods be taken. Millet, oats, barley and potatoes contain large amounts of silicon.
It is also important to have one balanced ratio of acids and bases prevails in the body. A Acidification is bad for the fascia. This leads to an unhealthy diet and mental overload. Physical overload can also lead to acidification of the body. In an over-acidic body, fasciae lose their flexibility quickly and the connective tissue sticks together.
The homeopathy is recognized as an alternative healing method in Germany, although theirs Mode of action according to the Similarity principle and the potentiation of effects in modern, scientifically oriented medicine not established is.
In the field of homeopathy there are currently no noteworthy methods or drugs that loosen connective tissue or fascia adhesions.