Sugar Consumption Thickens Fascia: Wellness Doctor Rx
The fascia is important for connecting the musculoskeletal system, stabilizing function, and keeping the body healthy and balanced. Sugar consumption and the abundance of sugar in the body that doesn’t get burned directly negatively affect the fascia, making it lose its elasticity and affecting other connective tissues. Excess sugar in the blood leads to a pathological process called glycation. One effect of glycation is binding sugar molecules to fascial proteins, causing them to thicken and stiffen. The body sees the tangled molecules as foreign bodies initiating an inflammatory response to get rid of them. This can lead to chronic inflammation causing various symptoms. The Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic Team will address soreness, pain, and discomfort associated with fascia problems.
Myofascia or fascia is a layer of tissue that connects and supports the spine and muscles. It wraps and links internal body parts in bands, fusing them. This ensures the muscles can move freely without experiencing friction with other body parts.
- Fascia is made of collagen, creating a tough and flexible texture that provides tension and elasticity.
- Fascia is found around muscles, nerves, blood vessels, blood and cells, organs, and bones.
When the body stays or moves in repetitive patterns, the fascia can memorize certain positions/postures and hold the fascia in a contracted state. For example, sitting at a desk workstation causes the gluteal muscles, tendons, and ligaments to stretch and pull the muscles around them. The gluteal muscles can become restricted without releasing and training the fascia to return to a retracted position, causing tension and myofascial discomfort. When the body is in balance/homeostasis, and the fascia is healthy:
- The viscoelastic gel flows without restriction in all directions.
- The collagen fiber network moves freely.
- Lymph and blood circulation flow correctly.
- Communication between cells, the nervous system, and all tissues in the body work correctly.
In the event of an injury and activation of the healing process, specific components interact with cells to create the condition for healing and generate inflammation, allowing new cells to easily move and heal the tissue. An obstruction in the circulation increases pressure where the fluid sits stationary, preventing tissue communication. Sometimes the healing process doesn’t stop, and the inflammation response worsens and can become chronic.
Many think of sugar as candy, sweets, chocolates, and desserts. However, all carbohydrates are sugar, and eating too much bread, pasta, grains, fruit, and cereals, contributes to a lot more sugar consumption.
- Foods believed to be healthy such as wholemeal bread, low-fat alternatives, and granola cereal, have high amounts of sugar.
- The connective tissues need collagen for the smooth functioning of joints.
- High blood sugar exacerbates aches and pains and can lead to impaired joint movement and, eventually, arthritis.
- Impaired flow and mobility
- Fascia that has thickened and hardened impairs gliding ability.
- The body feels heavy and sluggish.
- Pain symptoms
- Poor balance
- In places where the body has become stiff and numb, the nervous system can’t transmit signals as quickly to control movements.
- Muscles can constantly twitch or go into convulsions from misinterpreted signals.
- A tight connective tissue chain can distort the skeleton causing the joints to wear faster.
Chiropractic Myofascial Massage Release
Chiropractic myofascial massage and release provides several benefits to the body’s health and well-being, including:
- Relieves the overall effects of stress on the body.
- Relieves soreness and pain.
- Increases blood and lymph circulation.
- Improves tissue recovery.
- Improves joint range of motion.
- Restores proper-length-tension relationships for dynamic movement.
- Maintains normal functional muscular length.
- Improves neuromuscular function.
Nutritional Guidelines Fascial Health
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