AGING, INFLAMMATION, FASCIAL THICKENING, AND DEGENERATIVE CHANGES SUCH AS OSTEOARTHRITIS AND LOSS OF FLEXIBILITYRead Now
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AGING, INFLAMMATION, LOSS OF FLEXIBILITY, DEGENERATION, AND FASCIA THICKENING
A couple days ago the Journal of Anatomy published a research paper titled Fascia Thickness, Aging and Flexibility: Is there an Association? The gist of the study was something we've seen before --- that when exposed to inflammation or mechanical stress, FASCIA TENDS TO THICKEN. Here are some cherry-picked portions of this research, which was a collaboration between Goethe University's Department of Sports Medicine in Frankfurt (remember that the FIFTH INTERNATIONAL FASCIA CONGRESS starts today in Berlin) and the STECCOS at Italy's University of Padova.....
"The morphology of the connective tissue may play an important role in locomotor mechanics. Recent research has revealed an association between increased fascia thickness and reduced joint flexibility in patients with chronic pain. The present study aimed to examine the relationship of both factors in healthy individuals, additionally testing the hypothesis that older subjects display a higher fascia thickness. Young [average age 22] and old [average age 69] healthy females were recruited for a quasi-experimental, cross-sectional trial. All participants underwent standardized ultrasound-based thickness measurements of the deep fasciae of the trunk and lower limb. Flexibility was assessed using sit and reach testing (hamstring extensibility) and the Schober test (lumbar flexion and extension). Systematic between-group differences of fascia thickness and variable associations (i.e. fascia thickness and flexibility) were detected. Older participants showed higher thickness in the lumbar spine. Correlations of both body mass and fascia thickness, as well as flexibility and fascia thickness were found. Age-related changes in fascia thickness may be a contributing factor of restrictions in joint range of motion."
There are significant numbers of takeaways from this abstract.
After putting it all together, the question then becomes; what are you going to do about it? Are you going to continue to live your life in the same old rut, putting on five pounds or so every year or two, while getting increasingly sedentary? Do you feel you may be TOO ADDICTED TO YOUR JUNK FOOD or SODA to take the plunge and actually do something about it? Are you scared of failing? Are you worried that you CAN'T AFFORD IT?
Fortunately, I address each and every one of these issues and many others in my post titled SOLUTIONS FOR CHRONIC PAIN AND CHRONIC ILLNESS: FORTUNATELY THEY ARE THE SAME. No matter what age you are, it's time to get down to the business of taking your life back, because as much as you wish it could be true; while your doctor can keep you loaded up on DANGEROUS DRUGS, he/she can't do this for you. If you are enjoying our site, be sure and spread the wealth by liking, sharing, or following on FACEBOOK. After all it's a great way to reach the people you love and care about most!
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).