Fascial adhesions refer to the abnormal binding of fascial tissues, which are thin, fibrous layers of connective tissue that encase muscles, bones, and organs. Fascia plays an essential role in stabilizing and supporting the body, and transmitting forces and energy throughout the body.
However, fascia can develop adhesions, which can cause pain, discomfort, and mobility restrictions.
Fascial adhesions can develop due to a variety of reasons, including:
- Trauma or injury: Any trauma or injury to the body can cause fascial adhesions to form.
- Inactivity or immobilization: Prolonged periods of inactivity can cause fascial adhesions to develop.
- Repetitive stress: Repetitive movements or actions that put stress on the fascia can cause adhesions to form.
- Surgery: Surgical procedures can cause fascial adhesions to develop as a part of the healing process.
- Chronic inflammation: Chronic inflammation in the fascial tissue can cause adhesions to form.
Fascial adhesions can cause a wide range of issues, including:
- Pain and discomfort: Adhesions can cause pain and discomfort in the affected area.
- Limited range of motion: Adhesions can restrict the movement of the affected joint or muscle, causing a limited range of motion.
- Weakness: Adhesions can weaken the affected muscle, leading to weakness.
- Postural changes: Adhesions can cause postural changes, and compensatory movement patterns.
- Numbness or tingling: In some cases, adhesions can compress nerves, causing numbness or tingling in the affected
Massage with myofascial release therapy, range of motion movements, and targeted exercise will help break up fascial adhesions and improve mobility.
While its not always be possible to prevent fascial adhesions, there are some steps you can take to reduce the risk of your horse developing them, including:
- Range of motion: Regular range of motion exercises can help improve flexibility and prevent adhesions from forming.
- Proper posture: core strengthening exercises can help prevent negative postural changes that can lead to fascial adhesions.
- Proper warm-up and cool-down: Always warm your horse up carefully before exercising and cool it down down afterward to help prevent injury and adhesions.
- Hydration and nutrition: Help keep fascial tissue healthy by providing sufficient hydration and excellent nutrition to your horse.
- Regular massage with myofascial release therapy: Massage, gentle myofascial release, range of motion movements, and targeted exercise will help keep your horse’s fascia healthy and moving freely.