Adhesions have recently been recognized as another way soft tissue can be injured. Repetitive motion is the most common. Restricted Range of Motion accompanied with repetitive motion will restrict blood flow to the muscle at the same time you are asking the muscles to perform and perform and perform. That is how adhesions form.
If the body is used in this way, blood flow is restricted. This blood flow restriction can cause lack of delivery of cooling replenishing fluids as well the minerals the muscles need to relax after being contracted. The muscles can overheat in this situation and when they overheat , a substance is secreted as a self preserving effort to keep from overheating. This substance is much like Elmers Glue and is meant to be washed out of the area when the task at hand is finished. Yet in todays world that rest may not be forthcoming as in the case of a wrist for example. (Computer, iPad , Texting) Without the area being cleared with fluid flow, the substance becomes Tacky. Sticky. And this starts the process of muscle fibers sticking together, shortening their length which then in turn pulls on the ends that they attache to. This constant pulling will cause pain, which may be your first indication you have an adhesion.
Adhesions cannot be massaged out. Adhesions cannot be stretched out. They must be removed/released with a specific process. Once removed/released the area works well again and the areas the muscles attache to no longer will be chronically inflamed and painful.
Thumbs are a great example of adhesion formation locations. When the adhesions are removed...no more pain and range of motion again is restored. Many many times a person with a painful enlarged thumb gains relief in one visit! So gaining such relief makes a person wonder. Was the painful thumb arthritis or just an adhesion.
Adhesions form from repetitive use as described above but also from a crush injury. Adhesions being present from a crush injury can be the reason injury recovery is delayed.
-Carpal Tunnel responds very well as it has a very common adhesion component present on the wrist which when removed restores proper function and leads to great relief.
-Knee joint often has surrounding adhesions in the attaching muscles that are responsible for the constant pulling on the joint causing pain.
-Low back pain or even neck pain can have an adhesion component which must be removed for full function to be restored to the muscle, nerve, ligaments of those areas.
Call for a Consult to discuss your health concerns and whether you may have adhesions responsible for your discomfort.