These conditions all have one important thing in common; they often result from injury to over-used muscles.
How Do Overuse injuries Occur?
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
* acute injuries (pulls, tears, collisions, etc.)
* accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma), repetitive injuries
* not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)
Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons cause tendonitis and nerves can be trapped. This can cause reduced ranges of motion, loss of strength and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
Cumulative Injury Cycle
Repetitive Stress, Repetitive Trauma, Repetitive Injuries — all can add up to cumulative type injuries such as: Carpal tunnel, whiplash injuries, poor posture, rotator cuff syndrome, tissue tears, and chronic low back pain to name a few.
If left untreated due to "It will go away!" or `a reduction in pain symptoms.' The area of injury will lead to inflammation to the tissue resulting in adhesions/fibrosis, later forming scar tissue, weakness and tension to the tissue, decrease range of motion with stiffness/soreness, followed by decreased circulation and hypoxia (loss of oxygen to the tissue).