The three ways that you unknowingly create adhesion

Injuries to your shoulder that result in adhesion can occur in not-so-obvious ways. Perhaps you will be able to figure out which mechanism of injury is responsible for your shoulder pain when reading this section.

1.   Major Trauma (Acute Injury) - Major trauma refers to injuries that occur suddenly with much FORCE, such as falling on the shoulder, car accidents, football collisions, body-slams, or a sudden pop after throwing or lifting a weight.

In such situations the large amount of force causes sudden and significant tearing to structures in the shoulders. Bleeding will occur and scar-tissue adhesion will set in with the healing process.

2.   Micro-Trauma (Repetitive Injury) - ANY activity, when done repeatedly over and over again, may be causing microscopic tearing to the muscles or tendons of your shoulder.

You will not even notice any pain at first with this type of microscopic tearing. The microscopic tear heals with a little bit of scar tissue. As the tearing cumulates with repeated use of the shoulder, we may eventually begin to feel a slight pain or twinge. Eventually, with Repeated "Micro Trauma" the scar-tissue adhesion and grows large enough to cause pain that interferes with daily activities or athletic events.

3.   No Trauma (Constant Tension in, or Pressue on the muscle tissue) - Ever notice that when you make a tight fist your skin turns a little pale? This is because the blood is being squeezed out of hand by the Constant Tension. The same thing happens when you have muscles in your body that are constantly tight: it squeezes the blood out. This condition is called "Hypoxia".

A muscle that is tight is a muscle that is having to do work to stay tight, meaning that it is burning energy, and needs oxygen and glucose and other nutrients. But with a decreased blood supply, the muscle begins to starve and chemical damage occurs. This leads to the same process of inflammation, bleeding and scar-tissue adhesion buildup.

"Non-Traumatic" type injuries may also refer to injuries that are chemical or nutritional in nature. For example, smoking can reduce blood supply to joints, leading to arthritis.

Constant Tension in muscles, such as what happens when we sit at a computer, will restrict blood flow. The end result is adhesion build-up in that muscle over time


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