Stress and sugar harms fascia functions

The food we eat, and other things we stuff into our bodies, such as alcohol, tobacco, sugar etc., also affects the feeling of ourselves and thus the fascia! Some food is more inflammatory, which also is individual how we can tolerate different things.

What we do know for sure is that the abundance of sugar (if we don’t burn it directly) has a negative effect on the fascia and makes it less elastic. High blood sugar levels damage the fascia and make it stiff.

Stress also affects the fascia in a disadvantageous way. Stress causes, among other things, high levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body and cortisol in turn extracts sugar from the sugar repositories and thus increasing blood sugar levels.

A healthy body has a healthy fascia! For the fascia to be healthy, the viscoelastic gel has to flow without restriction, in all directions and the network of collagen fibers moves freely and does not impede the flow.

Then the body is in balance, homeostasis. The flow of nutrition and waste to and from cells, lymph and blood circulation work, communication between cells, the nervous system and all tissues in the body work. An obstruction in the flow gives an increased pressure where the “fluid is stationary”, which prevents tissue communication.

The composition of the extracellular matrix (ECM) is relatively stable in a healthy tissue. In the event of an injury and healing process, the composition of the ECM immediately changes. Specific components of ECM interact with cells to create the condition for healing, create inflammation, allowing new cells to easily move and heal the tissue. Sometimes the healing process does not stop but the inflammation becomes prolonged, it gets chronic. Why this sometimes happens is not quite clear yet.

Problems linked to Fascia

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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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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Problems linked to Fascia

Fascia is a system of flexible connective tissue encapsulating everything in the body. If the system is running smoothly, all is fine, but when some parts become stiff, tense or inflamed, there will be consequences.

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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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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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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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Growing interest in Fascia treatment: “Fascia problems are often under diagnosed”

David Lesondak is a structural integrator and a myofascial specialist who has been working for many years trying to explain what fascia is, as well as the benefits you get from treating different problems with fascia treatment. In an interview at the Fascia Research Congress in Berlin 2018, he describes the basics of what fascia is and what challenges it is facing in the strive for recognition in the medical field.

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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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