What are adhesions?
Your body contains special protein structures called fascia (connective tissue). Fascia interconnects all the components of your body, acting as a flexible skeleton. Healthy fascia is smooth and slippery, allowing your muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and organs to move freely and function properly.
Imagine a piece of scotch tape. The smooth side is healthy fascia, while the sticky side represents scar tissue, or unhealthy fascia. Try rubbing both sides of the tape along your skin. Feel the smooth side slip easily across your skin. Then notice how the sticky side drags against your skin. That drag, the “pulling” sensation, is how an adhesion affects your body function.
You know you have an adhesion on a nerve if you feel abnormal sensations like numbness, tingling, or pain. That’s because adhesions can attach to muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves decreasing their ability to move and function properly.