Lack of Sulphur and Vitamin C

Fascia has different strength and consistency depending on which type of collagen, and its quantity, the tissue contains. Collagen is a proteins that can form thinner or stronger fibers by twisting the protein molecules around each other, like a rope. Different types of collagen produce various strong fibers. In order for the fibers to become stable, (avoid a sloppy fascia) there have to be cross-links between the protein molecules, to stabilize the fibers. To form these cross-links, vitamin C is needed.

Back in the days, people suffering from extreme vitamin C deficiency suffer from scurvy (for example sailors and people in general, during the winter before the arrival of the potato, when it was difficult to get enough vitamin C). The body then simply collapses as the collagen fibers cannot get any stability, resulting in defective connective tissue and internal bleeding.

 

Sulphur is needed to keep the fascia elastic and healthy. This mineral is part of several of the components needed in the liquid part of the fascia, the so-called ground substance. For example an substance called chondroitin sulphate contains sulphur. The ground substance is critical for the function of the fascia, that the flow works without impairment.

It has been shown that many people with chronic pain and stiffness do very well with a supplement of organic sulphur, so-called MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane).

We may need large amounts of vitamin C for a full recovery and growth of connective tissue. When taking supplements of MSM, vitamin C should be taken simultaneously for best possible absorption. The recommendations for RDA are based on how much you should take in at the least to avoid deficiency diseases, not how much we should eat to be healthy.

Problems linked to Fascia

Straining – Lumbago

Lumbago follows the same pattern as hyper-extension. We usually have built up tension and stiffness that eventually impair the reaction of the nerves and muscles of the rigid area.

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Shock absorption

Thanks to the linked connective tissues, we can absorb a shock throughout the body. A blow to the foot from a stone can thus provide an impact at the end of that connective chain, right up to the base of the skull.

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Hyper-extension

In places where the body has become stiff and numb the nervous system cannot signal the situation as quickly as it should so that we can control our movements.

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Hypermobility

Hypermobile people build up enormous tension in their muscles that give painful tension in the joint, and they often get nerves pinched.

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What causes back pain?

New research shows that low back pain is caused by inflammation in the Fascia. But why are we getting low back pain and what happens in our body when we get back pain?

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Injuries

One can distinguish between damage caused by wear and strain and injuries that come from external trauma or accidents. An uncertain cause on the scale is the accidents that occur due to a body having reduced function over a longer period and that is damaged as a result of that.

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Scar tissue

As the body builds scar tissue after damage to the skin, scar tissue build up in the Fascia inside the body when it is damaged. Therefore, we can get a chronic reduction in movement inside after an operation in which the Fascia is sewn together.

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