Adhesions are the most common source of pain and stiffness, the most underdiagnosed, and the most fixable condition in the entire body.

Adhesions can form in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It can even form between a muscle and nerve causing tingling into your hands or feet. Adhesions generally form from prolonged activities such as sitting, standing, typing, exercising, or playing sports. 

How does adhesion form?

There are two main pathways for adhesion formation:

  1. Acute conditions, such as pulls and tears.  This requires actual trauma and the body repairs the damaged tissue with adhesions. This is more commonly called scar tissue.
  2. Hypoxia (low oxygen) pathway is the most common generator of adhesion in muscle.  This will occur without you knowing it and can occur from repetitive motions or from standing or sitting in sustained postures. If a muscle doesn’t get adequate oxygen it will trigger adhesion formation.

An example of the hypoxic pathway occurs while you work at your computer. Typing results in continuous contraction of the forearm muscles (controlling your fingers) and can cause a low oxygen environment in those muscles. This will trigger fibroblasts to form muscle adhesions.  Muscle adhesions can overload the the attachment point of the muscles on the outside of the elbow and causes elbow pain. This is commonly called lateral epicondylitis or tennis elbow.  Tennis players abuse the forearm muscles as well, especially during backhand movements and can trigger adhesion formation as well.

Adhesions act like glue in a muscle causing it to not lengthen or shorten properly. This results in a muscle that doesn’t have the flexibility or strength to perform their job. This will alter the normal motion of a joint and cause pain.

Terry uses Manual Adhesion Release (MAR) and Instrument Adhesion Release (IAR). These two noninvasive hands on techniques break up the adhesions. Once the adhesions are broken up, the flexibility and strength of the muscle is restored. This will allow the joint to move normally and reduce your pain.

Contact us today to see if adhesions are at the root of your pain.