Muscle Adhesions

My style of Deep Tissue Massage releases the body’s natural painkillers whereby it stimulates the release of endorphins, the morphine-like substances that the body manufactures into the brain and nervous system. Once that happens (you are now in a parasympathetic state “rest and digest”) I then go to work on your injured area to break up the damaged fibrous adhesion which is spread randomly throughout a muscle thus increasing blood flow, oxygen, strength, flexibility, and tissue re-building.

Normal Muscle

The number one question I get asked during a massage is – what are knots?

Most often people assume that the “knots” are in the muscle.  Knots are actually abnormal connective tissue growth that artificially binds together two issues that should be separate.  These growths are called adhesions and are felt like thick, lumpy bands, or “knots” and they can cause movement to be restricted.   Adhesions are usually formed because of repetitive strain or trauma and help protect the body from further damage.

Muscle Knots

Muscle Adhesion’s

Neural cell adhesion molecule 1

Neural Cell Adhesion Molecule (NCAM, also the cluster of differentiation CD56) is a homophilic binding glycoprotein expressed on the surface of neurons, glia, skeletal muscle, and natural killer cells. NCAM has been implicated as having a role in cell-cell adhesion,[1]  neurite outgrowth, synaptic plasticity, and learning and memory.File:Protein NCAM1 PDB 1epf.png










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