A: Our bodies contain special protein structures called collagen. Collagen forms a type of connective tissue called Fascia that interconnects all the components of your body, and acts as a flexible skeleton. When this tissue is healthy, it is smooth and slippery, allowing the muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and organs to move freely and function properly, but when tissues due to repetition fatigue, muscles tighten and the tissue becomes weak, brittle and less flexible.
A tight muscle tends to weaken more, and a weak muscle tends to tighten more. As a result less blood, nutrients, and oxygen is received by the tissue. This will lead to decreased circulation and edema in the tissues and inflammatory agents will not be returned to lymphatic channels. This results in what’s called Cellular Hypoxia. From decreased circulation, it causes fibrosis and adhesions to occur between tissues. This continuous cumulative injury cycle is what forms the Adhesion. Fibrosis adhesions can occur as a result of acute injury, repetitive motion, and constant pressure or tension.
A good way to picture what happens to the tissues when injured is to think of a paintbrush with the paint left in the bristles over night. All the bristles in the brush adhere or stick together and you no longer can use the brush. The body sticks the tissues together and creates scars in the tissues. Adhesions attach to muscles, decreasing their ability to work properly. You know you have an adhesion on a nerve if you get many abnormal sensations like numbness, tingling, or pain.