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Adhesion - Definition

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Updated August 26, 2008

Definition: Adhesion is a term used in sports medicine that means an abnormal adherence of soft tissue (collagen fibers) to surrounding structures. It often occurs after an injury or trauma or during immobilization following injuries. Adhesions restrict normal movement and elasticity of the structures involved.

One way to break up adhesions is by performing self-massage with a foam roller. This not only stretches muscles and tendons but it also breaks down soft tissue adhesions and scar tissue. By using your own body weight and a cylindrical foam roller you can perform a self-massage or myofascial release, break up trigger points, and soothe tight fascia while increasing blood flow and circulation to the soft tissues.

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