This small post is about stiffness and your connective tissue called ‘fascia’ and its relation to pain.
The concept of fascia is very important for patients with chronic pain to ‘get’. Fascia is the connective tissue that holds us together so to speak. Comprised of both collagen and elastin, fascia is prone to ‘stick together’ around areas of stress in the body or in areas that stay in one place for too long (like sitting all day at work).
Without much mobility throughout the day (trips to the water cooler), our backs are prone to become stiff over time. This pattern of sitting in the modern workplace can lead to the fascia laying down what scientists call ‘cross-linking fibers’. In essence, this causes the fascia to glue together.
The end result is a restriction of joint movement. [Enter chronic back pain.]
In most cases, back pain that does not radiate and that gets worse with inactivity (sitting all day, sleeping, laying on couch) is due to joint restriction and stiffness. As this fascia builds up, joints become restricted. Scientists believe joint restriction triggers our dull, achy pain.
Patients with this type of scenario respond amazing well to treatments aimed at restoring the normal motion back into the spine through chiropractic care, deep tissue massage, myofascial release techniques and stretching.
In addition, stay active, try yoga and see your massage therapist and your chiropractor on a regular basis.
– Michael Lau, D.C., a Tulsa Chiropractor
Natural Health & Chiropractic Center
6130 S Maplewood Ave # D
Tulsa OK 74136